On Friday, December 13, Valley Central Public School students will be taking part in a very important reconciliation themed exercise – The Kairos Blanket Exercise. The exercise is a participatory history lesson that will be facilitated by Clifford Musquash of Lakehead University.
“The Kairos Blanket Exercise is designed to bring understanding and truth about Canada’s treatment of Indigenous people,” says Christy Radbourne, Principal of Valley Central Public School.
Blanket Exercise Information
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool that uses participatory education to raise awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada using blankets to represent land.
Participants will take on the role of Indigenous peoples, moving around the land as directed by facilitators. Maps that represent pre-contact and post-contact Canada will be provided for comparison.
Through this exercise participants will explore the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, how this relationship has been damaged over the years, and how they can work toward reconciliation.
Created in 1997, the Blanket Exercise is a succinct overview of Indigenous rights in Canada that explores the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP).