Blanket the District!

Posted: November 28, 2017

ASD-N is committed to meeting Objective 6 in the provinces 10 Year Education Plan. As stated in the 10 Year Education Plan, only 7.8 % of educators in the province have received training on First Nation history, traditions and culture at the time of its publish. One of the ways ASD-N is addressing the need for more training is through the facilitation of the Kairos Blanket Exercise (KBE). The First Nation Education Team from ASD-N has completed multiple KBE’s across the district most recently on November 6th with members of the Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) team in Miramchi and November 10th with the staff of Miramchi Valley High School. We even had an opportunity to facilitate the exercise with grade 11 and 12 students from Dalhousie Regional High School on November 15th. This experiential exercise is a powerful teaching tool that explores the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples from contact to today. Participants are asked to imagine themselves as Indigenous peoples as they are randomly exposed to the true events that have taken place throughout the history of Canada from Lord Jeffrey Amherst and Charles Lawrence’s admission of knowingly trading smallpox infected blankets to Indigenous groups to the acceptance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. At the conclusion of the script portion of the exercise the participants are given an opportunity debrief as a group through a talking/sharing circle facilitated by a local elder. To book a KBE at your school please consult the following link for the request form.