Northern Bruce Truth and Reconciliation group hosts ’blanket exercise’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.