During this two-hour workshop, participants will experience a Blanket Exercise (KAIROS) first-hand. This powerful educational activity helps participants understand how the colonization of the land we now know as Canada has impacted the people who lived here long before settlers arrived.
Through this exercise, participants will explore the ‘collision of worldviews’ and the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, how this relationship has been damaged over the years, how colonization continues to disrupt these relationships and how they can work toward reconciliation. Participants will have the opportunity to experience Indigenous pedagogy by way of an opening and closing ceremony.
Because debriefing is essential, we conclude with a safe sharing circle whereupon participants can share their feelings and reflections.
About Vicky Boldo
Vicky Boldo, Cree/Metis/Coast Salish, is a transracial adoptee from the 1960s. Her personal narrative explains identity, cultural diversity and restoration, which is displayed through the testimony from self-destruction to reclaiming birthright, biological ties and returning to tradition and ceremony. Ultimately, this led to wellness and recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.