Alaska Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training

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RurAL CAP

731 East 8th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99501

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Reconciliation through education and understanding

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WHAT IS THE ALASKA BLANKET EXERCISE?

The Alaska Blanket Exercise program is a participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Alaska Native Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Through an experiential learning activity, participants will walk on blankets representing the land and into the role of Alaska Native people by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcome as they literally ‘walk’ through situations that include pre-contact, colonization and resistance. This exercise was adapted from a best practice exercise use by indigenous people in Canada.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of Alaska Native history, since time immemorial.

2. Participants will develop an understanding of the impacts of intergenerational trauma on Alaska Native people.

3. Participants will develop awareness of and gain an understanding of what they can do in their own lives and communities to break cycles of intergenerational trauma

WHY BECOME A FACILITATOR?

During a March 2019 strategic planning session, behavioral health leaders in the Alaska Tribal Health System identified three priorities to address opioid and substance use disorders:

1. Behavioral health workforce development, especially among Alaska residents;

2. Treating root causes of addiction, including adverse childhood experiences; and

3. Destigmatizing and humanizing prevention, intervention, and treatment.

The exercise will educate providers, clients, and families about the nature of substance use disorders, use training and education to facilitate a cultural shift towards holistic health, provide cultural healing, and contribute to a culture of trauma informed care.

The exercise has implications beyond substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery and is beneficial for any person, organization, or community that interacts with Alaska Native peoples.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Jackie Engebretson (jlengebretson@anthc.org).

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RurAL CAP

731 East 8th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99501

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