The Blanket Experience: Understanding First Nations History

posted Feb 11, 2016, 2:10 PM by
The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history. 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. 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.

Madame Lima and Madame Schiller's grade 5 students had the opportunity to participate in the Blanket Experience today (February 11th) and learn and appreciate in a very experiential way about the experiences and history of Canada's indigenous peoples.