Last January, the charity I worked for held its quadrennial staff gathering in Ottawa, where my department participated in an Indigenous Blanket Exercise. And boy did that not go as I expected.
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The Blanket Exercise is a workshop where participants enact centuries of history from an Indigenous point of view. Developed in the 1990s, it is meant to shine some light on less well-known, uncomfortable facts of Canada’s past, as a means to foster reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
‘’So… There’s the Blanket thing on the second day.’’ I said to a colleague days before the gathering. …