2019 MAS Mini-Conference & AGM

The Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) invites you to attend our 2019 MAS Mini-Conference & AGM on May 31, 2019  at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, SK.  This one day event will feature MAS's Annual Member Forum, our Annual General Meeting, 2019 MAS Awards Luncheon and in the afternoon attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.  

Register online here! Registration deadline is May 24, 2019. 

We prefer to accept registration online, however, if you wish, you can download this PDF registration form, complete it and return it to the office.

About the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an experiential teaching tool based on participatory popular education methodology and the major themes and findings of the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Participants step onto blankets representing the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. Facilitators read the script and assume the role of Narrator and European explorers and settlers.

The exercise builds awareness and understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by having participants literally walk through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Participants are drawn into their roles by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise effectively educates while increasing empathy. It reaches both the mind and the heart. It is contributing to a movement for reconciliation through education across the country. 

The Blanket Exercise can cause strong emotions and difficult memories to surface for some participants, particularly if they have been personally impacted by the oppressive and assimilationist policies described in the activity. It is essential to provide proper support during and after the workshop to ensure that the Blanket Exercise is as safe an experience as possible for all participants. Please visit https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/ for more details.

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Accommodations

Home Inn & Suites – Saskatoon South
253 Willis Crescent
Phone: (306) 657-4663

There is a block booking of rooms being held for MAS conference attendees at the Home Inn & Suites Saskatoon South for the night of May 30, 2019. To make a reservation, please use the following method:
1) Choose your dates of stay
2) Choose a room type
3) Call the hotel at (306) 657-4663 and reserve under the MAS Saskatoon block

Classic Room – $116/night + taxes - 2 queen beds, fridge, microwave, free breakfast

Special rates for upgraded rooms are available for these dates. Please inquire directly with the hotel.

Home Inn & Suites asks that you make your reservation by May 13, 2019 to ensure availability. Any rooms not picked up will be placed back into the hotel’s inventory to sell.

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Schedule Summary:

*Please note schedule to subject to change...

May 30, 2019 – Stakeholder Meetings

11:00am - Networkers Lunch

3:00pm – SaskCollections Meeting

 

May 31, 2019 – Conference/AGM

9:00am – Registration & Introductions 

9:15am – Member Forum

10:30am - Break

10:45am – AGM

12:00pm – Awards Luncheon

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Kairos Blanket Exercise

4:00pm – 4:15pm – Closing Comments

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