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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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Discomfort, ‘real feelings’ felt by Yellowknifers during exercise about history of Indigenous North Americans

May 11, 2017

‘Blanket exercise’ represents Aboriginal people being separated from their original home and traditions Peter Workman is determined to learn — even if it makes him feel uncomfortable. “I’m part of a generation that didn’t receive a lot of training or…

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KAIROS Times: February 2017

February 2, 2017

KAIROS’ 2017 Wish List Education for Reconciliation Update – MLA will present the petition in the Alberta Legislature Hundreds of Catholic school students participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercise at Mary Ward Centre KAIROS Blanket Exercise deepens RCMP Alberta Division’s cultural…

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KAIROS Mass Blanket Exercises to hit capital cities across Canada: May 28 to June 6

May 5, 2016

Original published in Windspeaker on May 5, 2016 Written by Andrea Smith Exact dates and locations for all the Mass Blanket Exercises: www.kairoscanada.org/MBE In honour of the one-year anniversary (June 2) of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s release of its calls…

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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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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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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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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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“These Blankets Hold History”

April 27, 2017

In March, I had the privilege of spending two and a half weeks in Alberta and Saskatchewan sharing the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) with various organizations and communities who were interested in using the exercise to further their understanding of…

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KAIROS ‘blankets’ Parliament Hill

June 3, 2016

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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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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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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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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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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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MEDIA ADVISORY: All RCMP cadets to participate in powerful reconciliation exercise

December 5, 2017

RCMP Academy to use KAIROS Blanket Exercise to educate all cadets on the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada is pleased to announce that the Regina-based RCMP Academy will use the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to…

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RCMP to use KAIROS Blanket Exercise in all cadet training

December 12, 2017

RCMP instructors receive training in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the RCMP Academy in Regina. Photo by RCMP Academy, 2017. Written by Tali Folkins. Originally published in the Anglican Journal on December 12, 2017. Starting this December, the training of…

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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 Times: June 2017

June 20, 2017

Remembering John Dillon / Recordando a John Dillon Hundreds participated in largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever Seeds of truth: Reflection on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala orientation Philippine delegates on TVO’s The Agenda KAIROS statement of solidarity…

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By the end of May these youth will have shared the Blanket Exercise 29 times to over 1000 people in Saskatchewan

May 26, 2017

Although he is just finishing his Grade 12 education, Michael Cardinal is already teaching five centuries of Indigenous history. “Assimilation, residential schools, the 60s scoop, Canada’s history,” said Cardinal. Cardinal is one of eight Bert Fox Community High School students…

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Blanket Exercise uncovers deep injustices in Canadian history

March 30, 2017

The report issued by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2015 on abuse of aboriginal children in church-run residential schools included a call for non-aboriginal Canadians to learn about the impact of European settlers and their descendants on the…

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Blanket Exercise in Ponoka highlights colonialism effects

March 22, 2017

More than 30 people took part in a KAIROS Blanket Exercise March 18 at Ponoka Elementary School. The experiential tool was hosted by Ponoka Parent Link Centre and the Ponoka Jubilee Library, and is used to help educate on the…

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Media Advisory: KAIROS and Canadian Roots bring unique history lesson to Sackville

March 26, 2015

KAIROS’ Blanket Exercise expands with train-the-trainer session at Mount Allison University Sackville, NB – On March 28, in partnership with Canadian Roots, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives will bring a unique history lesson to Mount Allison University at 9:30 am….

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