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Monday, April 10 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
The Blanket Exercise

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This interactive exercise developed by KAIROS (a joint venture ecumenical program administered by the United Church of Canada) explores the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples of Canada. Participants will be guided through colonization of our nation including the gradual appropriation, relocation, and removal of Indigenous peoples and territories.
The exercise begins with blankets spread across the floor, which represent land occupied by Indigenous populations. As participants are guided through centuries of negotiations, treaties, decrees and interactions with European settlers, the blankets are slowly removed, until only a few participants remain on a small area representing what little remains of Indigenous territory today.
The exercise engages hearts and minds as a powerful leadership and teaching tool in understanding the current relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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Lisa Cruickshank

Lisa Cruickshank has taught for over 15 years with Edmonton Catholic Schools. Lisa joined the Aboriginal Learning Services team in November of 2014 and is the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Social Studies Consultant. Her drive and dedication in developing age-appropriate curricular materials in addressing residential schools and treaties has been well received by 90 schools within Edmonton Catholic Schools. Lisa’s commitment to... Read More →
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Darlene Olson

Edmonton Catholic Schools
Darlene Olson was born and raised in Northern Alberta. She studied at the University of Alberta, and earned a B.Ed. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in Native Studies. She is currently the Cree Language Consultant for Edmonton Catholic Schools. Darlene is committed in ensuring Cree teachers have current pedagogical professional development and assessment tools relevant to the learning needs of Cree language students in response to... Read More →
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Erin Reid

Erin Reid is the First Nations, Métis & Inuit Literacy Consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools and is a proud member of the Métis Nation. Erin has 19 years of teaching experience in complex scenarios in grades in three Canadian provinces, as well as North Dakota, USA. She has published in the areas of digital storytelling, 3D printing in classrooms and mentoring. Currently, Erin is striving to ensure that culturally relevant language and... Read More →

Monday April 10, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Baron Shaughnessy