The educational workshop will be happening as part of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
OTTAWA, May 26, 2015 – The Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) invites you to join us June 1 on the lawn of Parliament Hill for a mass Blanket Exercise as part of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The Blanket Exercise is a powerful workshop to educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous people about the history of Canada’s first peoples.
On June 1 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., hundreds of participants will have an opportunity to stand in the moccasins of Canada’s Indigenous population as facilitators guide them through the country’s history from first contact to present day. Through a participatory discussion of treaties, the Indian Act, residential schools and other key events, people are given an alternative and supplemental history to that normally taught in schools.
The Masters of Ceremony for the event are Gabrielle Fayant and Brock Lewis, the co-founders of A7G and project coordinators for the ReachUp! North program.
Blankets will be spread across the lawn of Parliament Hill, representing the landmass that belonged to Canada’s Indigenous people pre-contact. As the exercise progresses, the blankets and the participants become active elements of the story – and its moving impact.
Following the event, there will be a sharing circle, healing songs and a round dance by Ottawa River Singers.
The event is happening as part of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a national initiative that was launched in 2008 as a way to investigate, respond to, and reconcile the effects of the Indian residential school legacy. This mass Blanket Exercise is one of many events in a week-long gathering to mark the publication of the TRC’s final report.
For more information:
Co-founder, Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G)
613-667-5854 x 110
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/698434986914543/
About the Assembly of Seven Generations
The Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) is an Indigenous youth-led organization investing in the futures of Indigenous young people. A7G uses Indigenous knowledge and teachings to promote and sustain the well-being of Mother Earth, our cultural heritage, and to empower young people as leaders in their community.