The Blanket Exercise - John Van Sloten

November 06, 2011

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this service we're going to live out a parable together, one that encompasses the past 500 years of history on the very land we live on.

Hearing Aboriginal Voices
Georges Erasmus, a respected Aboriginal leader in Canada, has said that “where common memory is lacking, where people do not share in the same past, there can be no real community. Where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.”

The Blanket Exercise is an opportunity to learn our shared history, and to form a common memory. Written following the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1996, and with the close participation of many Aboriginal individuals, it is an opportunity to hear our shared history from a different perspective than we may be used to. So I invite you to listen. Hear the voices of our Aboriginal neighbours. I also encourage you to be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit in and through this Exercise.
Blanket Exercise, copywrite Kairos, 2011

Facilitators for this exercise

Harold Roscher, Director/Chaplain
Edmonton Native Healing Centre

Steve van de Hoef and Mike Hogeterp
Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue

Helpful Links

- More about "The Blanket Exercise"

- Harold's Article "Dance the Reconciliation Dance"

- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission

- Shannen's Dream

- The Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue

- our Indigenous Justice pages

- The reForming Relationships art tour

Image - Siksika Chief Issapo'mahkikaaw (Crowfoot)
Courtesy of the Glenbow Collection

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