Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 19:00

Initiatives of Change Canada presents the event series:

Circles on Indigenous Worldview


Sunday December 5 – The Blanket Exercise

7pm EST, 5pm MST and 4pm PST  

As a contribution to the learnings and understandings between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, Initiatives of Change Canada is proud to host a series of virtual events entitled ‘Circles on Indigenous Worldview’.

Following on our successful October launch event about ‘Treaties’, we are pleased to invite you to participate in our next event – the Blanket Exercise – which has been designed as an intercultural approach to decolonization. This virtual version of the exercise is intended to be an interactive event, and the objective is to bring a deeper understanding of the historical reality of dispossession experienced by Indigenous peoples of Canada, and the consequences of that dispossession that are still in effect today. We will rely on our imagination to make this experience the most productive for all of us, to feel like a united community!


The Blanket Exercise was first developed by Kairos Canada in 1997, and since then has been presented by a variety of organizations across Canada.

The event will be facilitated by Marie-Émilie Lacroix, and will be delivered in English (materials will also be available in French upon request). Marie-Émilie is an Innu woman from Mashteuiatch, a mother and grandmother, midwife, teacher, speaker and author. She has completed a Masters in Social Work, where she researched the use of the Blanket Exercise as a group intervention tool and as a research methodology. Marie-Émilie’s work is focused on bringing communities together. She will be assisted by Joseph Vumiliya, the Quebec provincial coordinator of IofC Canada.

Please join us virtually on Sunday, December 5th at 7pm EST, 5pm MST and 4pm PST.  

·       The event will have two parts: the hour-long Blanket Exercise, followed by a 30-60 minute Talking Circle, where participants can share about the individual and collective experience they have just lived.

·       Please register in advance for this event HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting. In addition, we will send you some further background on the Blanket Exercise, as well as some steps to take in advance to best prepare yourself for this experience.

Finally, if you missed our inaugural event in October on ‘Treaties’ with Elder Regena Crowchild of the Tsuut’ina Nation in Southern Alberta, you missed something special – so full of important information. We highly recommend you view the recording of this event, which can be seen HERE.  There is also a short article about this event which can be found on the IofC Canada website HERE, written by Anne Hartnell in Vancouver.

Watch for more events in our series Circles on Indigenous Worldview in 2022, as part of IofC Canada’s commitment to promote learning and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.