Tuesday, May 30, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise Resource Centre

n interactive learning experience
​that is often misunderstood


​Find out more about this powerful activity that helps participants understand the impact of contact on ​Indigenous peoples. (There is also an intro video on the site.)

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.