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.