The Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery, the Humboldt & District Chamber of Commerce, and the Westminster United Church are working together to host a KAIROS Blanket Exercise.
“Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and educators, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive and experiential tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada,” says the museum in a release.
The exercise will take place Saturday, November 19, from 1 - 4 pm in the Uniplex Convention Centre.
“This program builds awareness and understanding of our shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by having participants, literally, walk through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, and the residential school system,” says Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Director of Cultural Services.
The museum says that by engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise effectively educates while increasing empathy. It says it reaches both the mind and the heart and contributes to a movement for reconciliation through education across the country.
The workshop is free for everyone, but registration is required. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306.682.5226.
“Participation will be expected. The contents of the workshop may be unsettling,” warns the Museum in the release.