Colonialism with blankets

Holly Stocking, September 27, 2017

Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker Richard Samuel leads students Sharon Dick, Cole Petrie-Darby, Isabelle Rousseau and Taya Garcia through the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the Eighth Avnue Learning Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 27. (Holly Stocking photos)

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Students at the Eighth Avenue Learning Centre participated in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise on Wednesday, Sept. 27, which illustrates how Europeans affected First Nations lands over the last two centuries. At the start of the interactive exercise blankets were fully spread across the floor, then were progressively folded up to become smaller and more separated, like reserves. At the end of the exercise students discussed its significance with Samuel, teacher Keith Holm and Ahousaht elder Cliff Atleo. (Holly Stocking photos)

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