In January, the intermediate students and teachers at Senpaqcin hosted the Kairos Blanket Exercise as part of their inquiry into how systems of governance shape the lives of people. The Blanket Exercise covers more than 500 years of history in a 90 minute experiential workshop with the purpose of fostering understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people. Students, parents, community members and leaders walked on blankets that represented “Turtle Island” and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. The intermediate students all had scrolls to read that shared historical facts and distributed cards to participants which helped people role play a variety of different situations (pre-contact, treaty making, colonization and resistance).
Local elder, Ramona Bent shared, “What was amazing about this exercise was the visual as the children spoke their parts; for example (small)pox and the deaths and the ones holding a certain color card had to sit down, then residential school and they were put on a separate blanket, ones who lost their status had to sit down and as they went through this you could see how many people were left and how the land was getting smaller for hunting, gathering, etc….what a powerful exercise…what a great learning tool and visual. Thanks to SPC.”