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Blanket Exercise Workshop

In 1996, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result; it has since been offered thousands of times…

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Kitchi Blanket Exercise

Kitchi Blanket Exercise, June 2, 2017 More that 800 people converged on Parliament Hill for the largest Blanket Exercise ever. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a visual and experiential way to represent colonization in Canada and its impact on Indigenous…

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800 students learn to “combat racism and ignorance” through the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

August 17, 2018

The blankets represent land in Canada and the participants are the Indigenous people or European settlers Photo: Students were placed into groups and were asked to pick and sit on a blanket of their choice. The blankets represent land in Canada,…

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An exercise in understanding: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

May 3, 2017

The floor of Wallace Hall is criss-crossed with colourful blankets. Participants move from blanket to blanket, greeting each other quietly, occasionally trading items – a cornhusk doll for a braid of sweet grass, a piece of leather for a dreamcatcher….

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Patchwork of colonization: Blanket Exercise explains colonization effectively

August 4, 2016

About 200 people took part in the Blanket Exercise at the Manitoba Legislative Building in early June.   On a Saturday in early June, about 200 people gathered in front of the steps of the Legislative Building to participate in…

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Graduate students at the University of Guelph partake in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

February 3, 2017

A glimpse into the effects of the University of Guelph Aboriginal Initiative Last March, the University of Guelph announced it would be hiring five new Aboriginal professors and increase financial support for Indigenous scholars and graduate students. “This initiative will…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes global at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference

September 7, 2022

An internationally coordinated KAIROS Blanket Exercise that highlights the impacts of colonization from Indigenous peoples’ perspectives will be presented in in Adelaide, Australia on September 26 during the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education.  This World KAIROS Blanket Exercise amalgamates scripts…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise deepens RCMP Alberta Division’s cultural awareness

January 11, 2017

Marilyn McSporran couldn’t forget the moment years ago when one of her husband’s colleagues in the RCMP made an ugly remark about Indigenous peoples. When an Elder in Saddle Lake, Alberta gently encouraged her to introduce the KAIROS Blanket Exercise…

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Spirited Reflection: Another session of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise 

May 29, 2017

It’s over. The Narrator has finished speaking. The room falls quiet. The few participants, still standing, glance at each other. The Narrator then asks everyone to think back to what the room looked like at the beginning of the Exercise…

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Blanket Exercise unfurls Indigenous history for Saskatoon leaders

September 22, 2016

The City of Saskatoon recently hosted a blanket exercise for a group of community leaders. (Submitted by Neal Kewistep)  ‘Often there’s a lot of guilt and shame that comes up,’ says activity leader The City of Saskatoon is using blankets…

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VANCOUVER: Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training

An opportunity to work toward reconciliation through education. The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool developed by KAIROS to break down misconceptions about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The training is in two parts: PART…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise wrapped into RCMP cadet training

December 4, 2017

Training educates cadets on history and experience of Indigenous people Photo: RCMP Academy instructors take part in a blanket exercise in Regina this morning. These instructors will reproduce the exercise for new RCMP cadets as part of cadet training, as of…

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First-year law students participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercise

January 12, 2017

Interactive exercise walks law students through history as they learn how Canadian law throughout the years has affected Indigenous individuals and communities. Photo (L to R): Blanket exercise facilitators Jodi Stonehouse, Koren Lightning-Earle and Dr. Tracy Bear, pictured here with…

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Students learn indigenous history by reenacting colonization in unique blanket exercise

December 26, 2016

Blankets, a script and a circle of people provides a powerful lesson to classes from the Toronto Catholic board The blankets represent Turtle Island (North America) before the exercise. As part of its endeavour to get students to learn history…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala

In Brief This Exchange is done in partnership with Breaking the Silence (BTS) and the New Hope Foundation. The program involves Guatemalan youth coming to Canada in June 2017 and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and settler youth going to Guatemala…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes global in Australia, Sept 28

September 15, 2022

Internationally coordinated Blanket Exercise at World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education  (Toronto – Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit) – An internationally coordinated participatory exercise that highlights the impacts of colonization from Indigenous peoples’ perspectives will be presented…

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Ottawa: Kitchi Blanket Exercise

Join us for the largest Blanket Exercise ever! Kitchi means “really big” in Anishinaabemowin. The Blanket Exercise is an experiential way to build understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The event will mark the…

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The Nation to Nation Bike Tour: Understanding through the Blanket Exercise

August 28, 2013

Back at our starting destination on Thompson Island in Akwesasne, we experienced the KAIROS Blanket Exercise for ourselves. The impact this exercise had on us was overwhelming. It became clear to us what we had to do — the public…

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WHITEHORSE: Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise

OPEN INVITATION TO ALL: Please join us for a MASS KAIROS Blanket Exercise in front of the Elijah Smith Building (**permit pending**) on Sunday, June 5th at 3pm. KAIROS Canada, Assembly of Seven Generations and local emerging leaders are working…

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KAIROS brings to COP27 its Blanket Exercise and an event on gender, conflict & climate

November 8, 2022

In Egypt, KAIROS leads a Blanket Exercise on November 12, and partners with Equality Fund on Global South Perspectives on Climate Justice, Peace and Conflict, and Gender Equality, an event in the Canadian Pavilion, November 16  (Ottawa: Unceded Algonquin Territory)…

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Witness to Injustice: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise

August 8, 2018

Photo: This painting features an Onondaga Gustoweh (headgear) by Onondaga artist Josephine M. Cook for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. Posters can be purchased online. This article was written by Kaluhyanu:wes and Michelle Schenandoah and originally published in Onoñda’geh…

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Understanding the impact: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at Algoma University

September 8, 2016

Algoma U students, staff and faculty take part in emotional history lesson: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise, a first at Sault school Shirley Horn, Algoma University chancellor, and Craig Chamberlin, Algoma University president, took part in an interactive Blanket Exercise dealing…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise bridges cultural gaps between First Nations and Alberta RCMP

May 15, 2017

‘It’s going to help me to be more attentive to what the Native people have gone through.‘ Photo: RCMP members from Alberta take part in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Cochrane. (Laurent Pirot/CBC) RCMP Staff Sgt. Lauren Weare tries in vain…

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Understanding reconciliation with the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

April 7, 2017

On an early spring day, dozens of students, faculty and other members of the University of Toronto law school community who have gathered in Rowell Room in Flavelle House listen quietly as they are warned that what they are about…

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Toronto: Kairos Blanket Exercise

This is a Week of Education lead-up event hosted by Toronto350 for the People’s Climate March on April 29, weaving the connections between climate change and racialized communities and contains valuable historical information to consider when celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday….

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