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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learning history through participation – The KAIROS Blanket Exercise

January 31, 2020

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program was held in Weyburn on Wednesday, January 29th, brought here by South East District in partnership with Weyburn Arts Council, Southeast Regional Library, PLURA Churches, and Canadian Mental Health Association, Weyburn Branch. While I’ve read and heard…

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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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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 brings understanding and empathy

October 26, 2016

Participants take part in a blanket exercise, an interactive learning experience that teaches indigenous rights history, at the St. Albert United Church. “Those with blue cards, please step off the blankets.” And with those words, I was asked to take…

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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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‘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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Knowing our place: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

April 12, 2017

Participants partake in the Blanket Exercise, a workshop that delves into the effects of colonization.   Photo by KAIROS Canada Thirty adults are gathered in a large sunny room. We stand on blankets that represent the land. Turtle Island. Home. We…

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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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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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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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