2017 STA Convention
May 5, 2017
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BC Button Blanket Exercise

The BC Blanket Exercise workshop "begins with blankets arranged on the floor to represent Canada before the arrival of Europeans. Participants representing Indigenous peoples move around on the blankets, as if they are using and occupying the land. A narrator reads from a script while someone playing the role of a European joins and interacts with those on the blankets. As the script traces the history of the relationship between Europeans and Indigenous peoples in Canada, and in particular BC, participants respond to various cues and read prepared scrolls. At the end of the exercise only a few people remain on the blankets, which have been folded into small bundles and cover only a fraction of their original area" (BCTF).

Target Audience



Kyle Ross

Kyle Ross (BA, B.Ed) is a two-time SFU graduate. Blending English Literature studies and First Peoples Contact History, his primary interest is how historical and contemporary narratives shape how different cultures view the role of family, community and relationship with nature and driving values. He currently works as an Aboriginal Education Enhancement Teacher with the Vancouver School Board, aiding students, families and educators with ways to support student learning and aboriginal teachings being integrated into the school curriculum.

Brandon Peters

Brandon Peters (B. ED, Indigenous Education/TESL) is a member of the Sliammon First Nation, located on the area now known as Powell River, British Columbia. Brandon graduated with a Bachelor of Education, with specializations in Indigenous Education and Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of British Columbia in 2013. Brandon is currently completing a Masters Degree in Indigenous Leadership & Administration in Education again at the University if British Columbia. Brandon currently is an Aboriginal Education Enhancement Teacher(AEET) at Point Grey Secondary and Southlands Elementary, where he supports and scaffolds student learning and helps to enrich the cultural teachings of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. 

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available