Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Blanket Exercise

Jameswood has embarked on an exciting school wide project this year called Mending Broken Relationships: A Truth and Reconciliation Project.  We learning about Canada's history with our indigenous people.  Today we participated in a hands on history lesson called The Blanket Exercise. This interactive lesson using blankets to symbolize Turtle Island, the indigenous term for the land called Canada.  We assumed the role of indigenous people; First Nations, Metis and Inuit, and experienced government policy, laws and hurtful actions taken against the first peoples of Canada.  We learned that these actions were a systematic attempt to "get rid of the Indian problem".  The experience was a profound learning opportunity, and set the stage to explore some of the broken relationships between indigenous Canadians and their non indigenous counterparts. 

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