Join Jennifer Ward and Graeme Pate with the University of Alberta’s Centre for Teaching & Learning for a Blanket Exercise.
The Blanket Exercise takes participants on a 500-year journey as Indigenous peoples coming into contact with Settlers and colonial policies that impact their lives. We will engage with Indigenous histories and contemporary realities in an experiential way. We will experience how policies changed the physical landscape of Turtle Island (Canada) and how the loss of land has had detrimental effects on Indigenous peoples culturally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. As the blankets that represent the land are moved, removed, or shifted, participants will also move and shift throughout the activity. Please note that you will be asked to remove your shoes for the event and you may be asked to stand for 50 minutes.
A sharing circle will follow where we will discuss how the Blanket Exercise can be used in the classroom and in the boardroom to engage students, faculty, and staff in conversations about Reconciliation. Elder Roy Louis from Maskwacis will offer his reflections during the sharing circle.
Friday, May 3
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
This Blanket Exercise is part of the Alberta Mathematics Dialogue 2019 Conference. For more information on the conference, visit their website.