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Blanket exercise teaching people about Canadian history in a hands on way – My Grande Prairie Now

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 2019130 Views

Apr. 5th, 2019

Indigenous history is Canadian history. That’s the message the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre in partnership with Spinal Cord Injury Alberta is trying to share at this month’s blanket exercise.

Friendship Centre Community Collaboration Coordinator Andrea Deleeuw says the exercise gives people a chance to learn about history in general, not just from an Indigenous perspective.

“It’s been my experience that people really do want to learn and this is just a really good learning opportunity to increase people’s understanding and awareness of our Canadian history… This is everyone’s history, not just Indigenous people. If we live here we are all connected to this history somehow.”

The exercise was developed by an Ottawa based company as a way to educate people about how Canada was shaped by those who live here. Deleeuw says the Friendship Centre started doing them three years ago as a way to fill in some gaps left by school curriculums.

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