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The Blanket Exercise teaches schoolchildren about colonialism – Bowen Island Undercurrent

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 2018200 Views

December 5, 2018

“Getting to the truth was hard, but getting to reconciliation will be harder. It requires that the paternalistic and racist foundations of the residential school system be rejected as the basis for an ongoing relationship.

“Reconciliation requires that a new vision, based on a commitment to mutual respect, be developed.

“It also requires an understanding that the most harmful impacts of residential schools have been the loss of pride and self-respect of Aboriginal people, and the lack of respect that non-Aboriginal people have been raised to have for their Aboriginal neighbours. Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem; it is a Canadian one.” – Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, 2015

Explaining centuries of colonialism to an elementary school student isn’t a simple task. But some blankets and a script can help to explain Canada’s long-shrouded history.

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