The Blanket Exercise is an enormously popular and successful teaching tool that uses participatory popular education methodology to raise awareness and understanding of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Since its creation in 1996 as a creative, innovative and interactive way to educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous people about the major themes and recommendations of the Royal Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the Blanket Exercise has been conducted hundreds of times with thousands of people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

This FREE workshop is an excellent opportunity for staff training. REACH will work with managers or staff to coordinate a time and date to bring this workshop to your workplace. A minimum of 12-15 staff is required.

Contact Rie Nakai at 780-498-1231 (EXT. 320) for more information or to book a session.

About the Facilitator:

Michelle Nieviadomy received the 2013 Esquao Award Clara Woodbridge Community Involvement for her work within the Indigenous community in Edmonton. As the Assistant Director at the Edmonton Native Healing Centre, Michelle has found innovative and creative ways to fuse her passion for community development with the urban Indigenous community. She is engaged in various community initiatives, as well as being an entrepreneur (she owns Iskwew Health & Wellness). Michelle is a member of the Kawacatoose First Nation.

Participant Feedback:

"Excellent, thought provoking and much needed."

"A highlight for me in the day was the visualization of it all, really put it in perspective."

"An insight I had was it's OUR story. Really hit me when a blanket was physically handed to someone."