In 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
- 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
- The CRC's Office of Social Justice