Indigenous Cultural Awareness Pre-conference Workshop
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Kinnear Centre, 105, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta
Registration Fee: $200 Member, $225 Non-member
Class Size: Min 15 / Max 30
This pre-conference workshop, taught by Sharon Morin and Daryl Kootenay, will bring together two half-day sessions which teach the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the specific history of Treaty 7 to create better awareness and empathy towards Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
In the morning, Morin will walk participants through the Blanket Exercise. This Exercise is based on participatory popular education methodology. The goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.
In the afternoon, Kootenay will share the history of the Stoney Nakoda people and those of Treaty 7 prior to contact, during contact, and to present day. Part of the session is to encourage participants to be aware of their biases and stereotypes that might provide barriers to working collaboratively with Indigenous peoples and to consider what actions participants could take to begin work towards reconciliation. There will be an opportunity to participate in a smudge ceremony and to learn from an Elder.
Please fill out the conference registration form and scan it back to the ASA office in order to register for this workshop.