The Blanket Exercise.

An extraordinary opportunity will be in Tatamagouche this weekend.

‘The Blanket Exercise: The History of Canada We Rarely Learn’ will be held at the Tatamagouche Centre on Nov. 18, 2-5 p.m. It’s an opportunity for the public to learn Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective.

The Blanket Exercise has taken place from Parliament Hill with 800 participants to remote communities across Canada. This event is sponsored by the Outreach Committee of the United Churches in the Tatamagouche area, as a response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

It is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect, and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

KAIROS, an ecumenical church justice coalition, worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history many Canadians are never taught. Using blankets to represent the lands of what is now known as Canada and the distinct cultures and nations that live on those lands to this day, participants are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans.

The exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization, and resistance resulting in the nation we call Canada. It has been used extensively in churches, schools, and communities across Canada as part of the process of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and settlers.

All are welcome and there is no charge.