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Blanket Exercise a first for Palliser Hutterite colony school

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Students at a Picture Butte area Hutterite Colony school now have a better understanding of First Nation culture thanks to a Blanket Exercise last week.

The interactive exercise at the Albion Ridge school was a first for colony students in Palliser Regional Schools.

They were able to feel what it was like to be First Nations and how losing land, being overpowered by outsiders and losing culture, language and family connections has had a profound effect.

Colony school teacher, Katie Lindsay says Hutterites were also persecuted for their beliefs, forced out of Europe, mistreated and abused and students made the connection.

She says she witnessed a mutual respect and trust and an open sharing of both cultures.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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