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Largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Colombian activist come to Mount Allison University, May 3-4

May 1, 2019

(Sackville, N.B.) – Atlantic Canada’s largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise, and a celebration of arts and activism with a Colombian activist will highlight the first May weekend at Mount Allison University. These events are open to all and are part of…

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Sackville: Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise

FREE. Everyone invited. The more people…the more powerful. Join us! Outdoors on Alumni Field (rain alternate: Athletic Centre). A true expansion of what the Blanket Exercise experience means for Atlantic Canada. If you are ready to help reconcile the past…

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Why a blanket exercise made me disappointed, uncomfortable and angry

March 1, 2019

SHINING A HARSH LIGHT ON THE IMPACTS OF COLONIZATION On a cloudy, fall afternoon at NAIT Main Campus, a circle of chairs are arranged around five patterned blankets laid flat on the floor. It’s a homey scene – one of…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise a sad journey into Indigenous history

January 8, 2019

It was like gazing at a map of the world, but one turned upside-down. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a two-hour journey through 400 years of tragedy, and it evokes a powerful sense of the wrongs Indigenous people have suffered…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Ireland

December 3, 2018

A KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) team travelled to Ireland in November to facilitate the exercise for Trócaire, a development and emergency relief agency that works “to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of…

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At University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, leaders take part in KAIROS Blanket Exercise that teaches Indigenous history and trauma

September 27, 2018

  Photo by Liam Mitchell: Department chairs and senior leaders in the Faculty of Medicine participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.   Dr. Lisa Richardson, co-lead of Indigenous Medical Education in the MD Program, says that the KAIROS Blanket Exercise is…

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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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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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Why this blanket exercise is now essential training for RCMP cadets

June 26, 2018

The exercise synthesizes 500 years of colonization under the observation of a local Indigenous elder.  This past winter, the RCMP introduced a new educational tool at its Regina training academy: the KAIROS blanket exercise. Developed by its namesake ecumenical advocacy organization,…

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Blanket exercise coordinator educates non-Indigenous people about shared history of Canada

June 22, 2018

Susan Beaudin knows about the power of a blanket. The educator from Cowessess First Nation is a residential school survivor. She is also the Kairos Blanket Exercise Coordinator for Saskatchewan. In her role, she travels to different communities, institutions, and…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes to Alaska

June 21, 2018

Interest in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is growing beyond Canada’s borders In late May I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska with Lillian Underwood, an Indigenous KBE trainer and facilitator based in B.C., and my colleague, KBE Coordinator Sara Anderson, for…

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Barrie: KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training

Leaders : Dawn Maracle and Mim Harder PLEASE REGISTER with Vanessa Kennedy: v.kennedy@bnfc.ca or Elaine Gareau: elaine.gareau@rogers.com Lunch: Potluck lunch, bring a dish of your choice! Co-sponsored by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre and Simcoe County Kairos Dawn Maracle is Mohawk…

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Kairos Blanket Exercise at Starfields

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history most Canadians never learned in school. Developed by KAIROS with assistance from Indigenous elders, it’s been offered thousands of times across Canada and now you…

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Reflecting on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

March 14, 2018

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is a tool developed in 1997 by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in which participants learn about European colonization of Turtle Island (North America), the accompanying dispossession of Indigenous peoples (reflected by the steady removal…

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Kairos Blanket Exercise

Participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Explore the 500 year relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through an experiential activity and conversation. This activity will have an emphasis on the Quebec context. If you are planning to attend, registration is…

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Regina – Kairos Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training

KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training in Regina Part 1: Friday March 2, 6pm-9pm Part 2: Saturday, March 3, 9am-1pm *attendance at both parts is mandatory Location: Living Spirit Centre, 3018 Doan Dr, Regina *Light refreshments will be offered at both…

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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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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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Toronto:Educación Para la Reconciliación-KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Educación Para la Reconciliación – La Historia Oculta de los Pueblos Indígenas en Canada Jueves 30 de Noviembre, 2017, 6:00-9:00 PM Casa de los Amigos – Friends House 60 Lowther Ave. (Esquina de Bedford y Lowther) St. George Station, (Salida…

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Thunder Bay: Kairos Blanket Exercise with SouthSudanese Partners

KAIROS Blanket Exercise: An activity in coordination with NO MÁS II: END Violence Against Women NOW! http://www.kairoscanada.org/nomas2 You are invited to experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise with Agnes Wasuk Petia & Awak Deng from the National Women’s Program of the…

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Kairos Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training

KAIROS has put some new systems in place to ensure that the KBE program can expand to meet demand in a safe and sustainable way. As a result, there are two ways of taking the training, as a KAIROS Facilitator…

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‘Blanket Exercise’ helps Regina Public Schools work toward reconciliation in the classroom

September 8, 2017

Role-playing activity helps participants learn about everything from treaties to residential schools Photo: Teachers at George Lee School in Regina, Sask., participate in The Blanket Exercise on Aug. 29. (Shelly Reed/Twitter) When it comes to Indigenous education in the classroom, Regina Public…

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Seeds of Truth: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise through Guatemalan eyes

July 10, 2017

Excerpts from an Interview with Lilian Bolvito Gonzalez on Radio Canada International, June 24, 2017 Radio Canada: We will now chat with a Guatemalan youth who participated in the Blanket Exercise on June 2 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Her name…

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Seeds of Truth: Reflections on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Youth Exchange with Guatemala

June 27, 2017

I’ve only had the opportunity to experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) once prior to the one I participated in leading up to the Kitchi Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill on June 2. When I first tried the KBE, it…

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Kairos Blanket Exercise

Co-hosted by St. James’ Anglican Church and Sydenham Street United Church. Experential understanding of Indigenous and non-Indigenous shared history. Please bring blanket or sheet; flat-soled shoes recommended.

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