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Please join us in the Blanket Exercise as we step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. The Blanket Exercise uses Indigenous methodologies, with the goal to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Together, we walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.

The use of an orange shirt as a symbol was inspired by the accounts of Phyllis Jack Webstad, whose personal clothing—including a new orange shirt—was taken from her during her first day of residential schooling, and never returned. The orange shirt is thus used as a symbol of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children that the residential school system enforced.

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September 29

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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