From 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
At The Mount Aboriginal Student Centre MSVU, 166 Bedford Highway
46 Melody Dr, Halifax, NS
Guide for Guests: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one-and-a-half-hour participatory workshop.
Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This often takes the form of a talking circle.
About the Aboriginal Student Centre, MSVU: Through consultation with both internal and external Aboriginal advisory committees, Mount Saint Vincent University has moved forward on several recommendations that strive to promote an educational environment which recognizes the importance of Aboriginal culture on campus. The Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC) supports students in an educational and culturally engaging space on the Mount campus. Opening its doors in February of 2013, the ASC offers the opportunity for students, staff and faculty to learn more and engage with Aboriginal culture while also giving Mount students a place to study and hang out.
The Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC) provides an opportunity for all students of all nations to learn in an environment of Indigenous cultures and values; with respect, the Aboriginal Student Centre strives to empower, encourage and educate for the next seven generations.
The Ctr. is located on the bottom floor of the house. Parking passes will be provided, please do not park on Melody Drive