Feet on the Blankets

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 – 11:30 – 4:30 (IN FRENCH)
Sunday, April 10th, 2016 – 11:30 – 4:30 (IN ENGLISH)

Where: Student’s Society of McGill University
Madeleine Parent Room
3600 McTavish Street

To reserve your spot, use our online registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/x6wEwXTVGW


This is your chance to become a Blanket Exercise facilitator:

  • to help break down misconceptions about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada
  • to facilitate meaningful conversations that can lead us toward reconciliation
  • to join a vibrant network of facilitators in French and English in Montreal


Calling Lake Blanket Exercise

What is the Blanket Exercise?

The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.


Edmonton, RISE, St Albert United Church


Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This often takes the form of a talking circle.


BE in Waterloo


The beautiful team presenting the training is as follows:

Katy Quinn: Katy works for KAIROS Canada as Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator. Before that she worked as Projects and Partnerships Coordinator for the Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee. Her current and previous work has focused on fostering reconciliation based on decolonization and justice for Indigenous peoples. She is a settler on unceded Algonquin territory with a BA in Anthropology from Concordia University and an MA in Conflict Studies from Saint Paul University.

Gabrielle Fayant: Gabrielle originates from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement and is the co-founder of a youth-led and youth-driven organization called Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G). She has worked for a number of National Aboriginal Organizations such as the National Association of Friendship Centres, Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and has contributed to local, regional, and national advisory committees and councils, such as the Canadian Commission of UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group, Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, and Walking With Our Sisters Ottawa. Gabrielle sings with a female drum group called Spirit Flowers.

Mohawk Elder Sedalia Kawenno:ta’s Fazio: Sedalia is originally from Kahnawake and has established a sweat lodge at the Botanical Gardens. She works in many different capacities with the Indigenous community in Montreal.


Space is limited for this facilitator training session. The two sessions are being offered free-of-charge by Kairos Canada, but we are asking for donations as an acknowledgement and gift for the local trainers and to offset other costs. Please note that no one will be turned away due to inability to donate.


To reserve your spot, use our online registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/x6wEwXTVGW

or contact Su at su@solidaritemiltonparc.ca



We encourage you to explore the Kairos Blanket Exercise website for more information: http://kairosblanketexercise.org/

For more information, or to connect with us, please contact:




Milton-Parc is located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka traditional territory.

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