Alberta Culture Days: Indigenous Blanket Exercise

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What is the Blanket Exercise?
Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators, the Blanket Exercise is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.
During this 2 to 3-hour workshop, participants step on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. They are guided by trained facilitators, which may include
Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, who work from a script that covers pre-contact,
treaty-making, colonization, resistance and much more. Participants read scrolls and respond to cues in the script. The KBE concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a talking circle, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights, and deepen their understanding.

Alberta Culture Days events are supported by Government of Alberta.

Last Updated: September 15, 2023