Knowing Our Place – A Truth & Reconciliation Initiative: Blanket Exercise

Updated April 13, 2017

April 30, 2017 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Bowen Island Arts Council
589 Artisan Ln
Bowen Island
BC V0N 1G0

Knowing Our Place

A Truth & Reconciliation Initiative

Blanket Exercise
Sunday, April 30
2-5pm, Gallery @ Artisan Square
Free event, limited capacity. Please register by email:


Embracing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Pauline Le Bel, in conjunction with local nonprofits on Bowen Island, will be presenting a series of events and activities. The aim is to learn the true nature of our historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous Peoples, to open the conversation and let go of myths and assumptions, to build bridges and create enduring bonds with the Squamish Nation. As we experience our shared history, we will be able to move into a shared and mutually enhancing future. First in the series is the introduction of the Blanket Exercise, Sunday April 30, at the Gallery @ Artisan Square, from 2pm to 5pm.

The Blanket Exercise is a powerful teaching tool, developed by Kairos Canada, an ecumenical group working for justice and peace. The blankets represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Facilitated by Pauline Le Bel, who completed training in order to present this activity, it will be guided by members of the Squamish Nation. We invite you to participate in this free interactive session. Space is limited so registration is mandatory.

To register, please email Marysia McGilvray at The exercise is appropriate for adults and youth over the age of 13. For more information, please visit the Kairos website: or contact Pauline Le Bel at

Sponsored by: Bowen Island Arts Council, Bowen Island Public Library, Bowen Island Children’s Centre, the Knick Knack Nook, and the Bowen Island Literacy Task Group.