The Cape Breton University Board of Governors participated in a Blanket Exercise during its annual retreat held this year at the Coast Guard College. The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches Indigenous rights history, spanning 500 years.
The workshop runs about one and half hours during which 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 and are directed by facilitators representing a narrator and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.
The session held today for the CBU Board of Governors was delivered by staff members of Unama’ki College.