Students take part in KAIROS “Blanket Exercise”
On November 30, our staff and students took part in KAIROS “Blanket Exercise” which educates about the history of this land. The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
“It is a hands on way to explore the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people…to work towards reconciliation…to empower people to build bridges of understanding and respect.”
One of our students, Angie Saddleback-Wildcat, described the impact the exercise had on her: “Experiencing, and then facilitating the blanket exercise was an emotional undertaking and there were many times that it broke my heart. However, I wouldn’t undo the experience, nor the effects it had on me. The Blanket Exercise has given me pride in Aboriginal Peoples. In our resiliency, and in our cultures. It is my hope that this becomes more wide spread because I believe that less people would hold a stereotypical view of ‘the dirty Indian’ if they knew the Aboriginal story.”
-Angie Saddleback-Wildcat, 18
We would like to thank Angela Lightning, Brian Cardinal, and Richard Lightning for bringing this powerful exercise to our school.
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