Blanket Exercise

Friday, February 10, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Blanket Exercise flyer

The Faculty of Health is hosting a Blanket Exercise that is open to all Faculty of Health members.  

A Blanket Exercise is an experiential teaching tool that builds awareness and understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by having participants literally walk through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Participants are drawn into their roles by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. The exercise effectively educates while increasing empathy. It reaches both the mind and the heart. 

  • This will be an interactive session and will require approximately 50 minutes of standing. We will have accommodations available with chairs.
  • We require indoor footwear, slippers, or sock feet for the Blanket Exercise. No wet or dirty footwear please.
  • Please note that as part of this workshop a smudging ceremony will take place.

Please be aware that the session may evoke strong emotions. It will touch on difficult topics such as residential schools, disease outbreaks in communities, enfranchisement, loss of status, the 60s scoop, Indigenous children in foster care today, and missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit people.

Registration is required and space is limited.

A light breakfast will be served to participants starting at 8:00 in HLTH EXP Second Floor Foyer.  Please indicate on your registration form if you will be attending the breakfast.