Next date: Wednesday, June 7
Fee: Members $225, Non-members $250.
As organizations work to bring forward inclusive teaching and learning practices, there is an opportunity for leaders and their teams to learn about the methodologies and philosophies of our Indigenous communities.
The Blanket Exercise is a very important starting point for educators working within a corporate environment to build an understanding about the shared history we have as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada.
The Blanket Exercise was first developed by the organization KAIROS in the late 1990s as a response to the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and it has been gaining popularity as a teaching tool in recent years.
It is an experience where facilitators walk participants through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone actively participants and becomes involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples.
By engaging people on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively increases understanding and empathy so that we can begin to learn how we need to change and adapt adult educators’ traditional ways of teaching and learning within organizations to be more inclusive.