From 1:30 pm – 4 pm on Tuesday August 20th, join us at The Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen St, K’jipuktuk/Halifax) for a blanket exercise facilitated by Shila LeBlanc, Doug Rigby, Mary Rigby, and Elder Billy Lewis.
This event is jointly presented by 2b theatre company and The Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative.
This is a pay what you can event (suggested donation is $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds). All proceeds will be evenly split between the Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative and the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre. Please note that the elder fee has already been confirmed, separate from PWYC contributions.
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ABOUT THE KAIROS BLANKET EXERCISE
The blanket exercise is a unique, interactive, and participatory history lesson developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, and educators.
Developed in response to the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1996 –which recommended education about Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation — the blanket exercise covers more than 500 years in a 90-minute experiential workshop that aims to foster understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Since its creation, the exercise has been updated several times to include new information such as the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation final report.
During the exercise, participants walk on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcome as they literally ‘walk’ through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Participants are guided through the experience by trained facilitators (who read the script and assume the roles of European explorers and settlers) and Indigenous Elders or knowledge keepers. The exercise concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a talking circle, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights and deepen their understanding.
The Bus Stop Theatre is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. Mi’kmaw Peoples have lived and cared for this land, which provides all our richness and wealth, for over 13,500 years. We are privileged to live and work on this land that we now call home.