My First Blanket Exercise

By 1JustCity Citizen
May 6, 2016

Attachment-1Recently I participated in my first Blanket Exercise. I knew it dealt with truth and reconciliation and the United Church. The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience developed by KAIROS to teach the history of Indigenous rights in Canada. I had the privilege to co-narrate the exercise with Connie Budd, the Community Minister at North End Stella Community Ministry at Churchill Park United Church.

I enjoyed the role of narrator, it forced me to read over the script several times, and let the information sink in. During the exercise, I observed the emotions and expressions that the participants had, I could relate to the feelings of empathy and sadness.  After the exercise, there was an opportunity for everyone to share. It was powerful to see the impact that it had on people, and inspiring to hear people share their emotions and stories about how the exercise had impacted them.

I think the Blanket Exercise is a great learning tool as it allows people to visually see the history of Indigenous rights, which is more powerful than just reading about it.

I’m told that each time you participate in the Blanket Exercise you get something new out of it, so I’m looking forward to the next time I get to take part in it.

There is a mass Blanket Exercise being held June 4th from 10-12 at the Legislature.  

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