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Thursday, August 23, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

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"A unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators..."

In an effort to continue University of Waterloo’s commitment to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, you are invited to participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.

The Blanket Exercise is an interactive experience, which includes points of reference about the historical and contemporary relationship between Indigenous populations and the imposed colonial systems in Canada.  This activity takes participants through a historical timeline of events that have social, political, economic and racial identity implications for Indigenous populations.
 
To get a sense of the experience, up to 40 participants stand on blankets laid out on the floor that represent the land of ‘Turtle Island’ (North America). The participants will see the perspective of the original peoples of the upper portion of Turtle Island, now known as Canada, while facilitators embody the voices of the European settlers and narrate the history. The session will be led by Kelly Fran Davis, who is a local Haudenosaunee educator, and B.Ed. Aboriginal Adult Educator, and her team.

We encourage you to attend and invite your colleagues and team members to register as well. If you are unable to attend this session, we hope to offer more in the fall and winter semesters.

Please register at the link below.

Cost 
Free
Location 
To Be Announced