North­ern Bruce Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion group hosts ’blan­ket ex­er­cise’

Wiarton Echo - - PAST AND PRESENT -

The North­ern Bruce Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Group will pre­sent the “KAIROS Blan­ket Ex­er­cise” in Tober­mory on Tues­day, July 17.

The event, which will start at 7 p.m., will be the first of two planned sum­mer events which rep­re­sent a con­tin­u­a­tion from last year of the group’s “Walk a New Path” series.

The KAIROS Blan­ket Ex­er­cise is an in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that teaches about in­dige­nous his­tory, a news re­lease is­sued by the group on said.

In a one-and-a-half-hour par­tic­i­pa­tory work­shop, 500 years of his­tory is cov­ered, the re­lease said.

De­vel­oped by KAIROS, a faith­based or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to jus­tice and hu­man rights, par­tic­i­pants take on the roles of First Na­tions peo­ples in Canada. Stand­ing on blan­kets that rep­re­sent the land, they walk through the imag­ined ex­pe­ri­ences of pre­con­tact, treaty-making, col­o­niza­tion and resistance. Fa­cil­i­ta­tors rep­re­sent­ing nar­ra­tors and the Euro­pean col­o­niz­ers di­rect the par­tic­i­pants through the process.

“By en­gag­ing on an emo­tional and in­tel­lec­tual level, the Blan­ket Ex­er­cise ed­u­cates while in­creas­ing em­pa­thy,” the news re­lease said.

“The group is very for­tu­nate to have as the fa­cil­i­ta­tor for this event, Jackie Tenute, a Pot­tawatami and Ojibwe Anishi­naabe Kwe from Neyaashi­inigimi­ing Saugeen Ojib­way Na­tion.” Tenute is cur­rently the Abo­rig­i­nal coun­sel­lor at Al­go­nquin College in Ot­tawa.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion for the event is re­quired, and par­tic­i­pants must be at least 13 years old to par­tic­i­pate. To reg­is­ter email Glenda Clarke at glenda.c@amt­ele­ or call her at (519) 596-8806. The num­ber of par­tic­i­pants is lim­ited and reg­is­tra­tion is not con­firmed un­til a re­ply by email or phone is re­ceived by the par­tic­i­pant.

The sec­ond of this sum­mer’s events, “A Story of Places: The Ge­o­graphic His­tory of the His­toric Saugeen Métis,” is sched­uled for July 24.

Patsy Macarthur will speak about the ge­n­e­sis of this Métis com­mu­nity and its con­nec­tions to the land and wa­ter of the area.

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