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


(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 Streams of Justice: KAIROS Atlantic Gathering 2019, held May 2-5 at Mount Allison University.

KAIROS Canada presents two exciting events this weekend: A Feast for Justice: Celebrating Arts and Activism the evening of May 3 with Kelly Campo of Organización Feminina Popular (OFP), Colombia – a KAIROS Partner; and a Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise, the afternoon of May 4.

Streams of Justice joins activists of all ages in Atlantic Canada to help build the Atlantic ecumenical social justice movement, increasing participation, diversity, effectiveness and commitment.

WHAT: A Feast for Justice: Celebrating Arts and Activism
Kelly Campo will deliver the keynote address at a feast at Mount Allison University’s Jennings Hall. She will share examples of the power of the arts in the OFP’s youth group in Colombia. Visual and spoken word artists will share similar examples in Atlantic Canada. Event highlights include dinner, music, presentation, and networking.

WHEN: Friday, May 3; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mount Allison University, Jennings Hall: 62 York St, Sackville, N.B.

WHO: Kelly Campo, Program Coordinator, Organización Feminina Popular. Gabriela Jimenez, Latin America Partnerships Coordinator, KAIROS Canada.
Price: $25. Learn more and register here: kairoscanada.org/atlanticgathering-schedule#FridayFeast

WHAT: Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a powerful participatory history lesson of Canada told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. It is a visual and experiential representation of colonization in Canada. This really big Blanket Exercise is a coming together of hearts and minds in a collective commitment to build reconciliation based on justice for Indigenous peoples. It will be the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Elder Donna Augustine will lead the opening prayer and drum song.

WHEN: Saturday, May 4; 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mount Allison University, Athletic Centre: 62 York St, Sackville, N.B.

WHO: Elder Donna Augustine
Jennifer Henry, Executive Director, KAIROS Canada Free event. Registration: kairoscanada.org/atlanticgathering-schedule#MassBlanketExercise

About KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS is a social justice organization that includes ten Canadian churches and religious organizations. We are Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada working with people of faith or conscience all over the world for ecological justice and human rights. We deliberate on issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation. Learn more: www.kairoscanada.org.


Media Contact: Cheryl McNamara, Media Coordinator 877-403-8933 x 246, 416-875-0097 (mobile), cmcnamara@kairoscanada.org


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