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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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Blanket Exercise boosts staff awareness about colonization effects on Indigenous patients

July 23, 2019

It moves some to tears. Others are shocked, yet hopeful. Anger, guilt and shame can also come with the heightened awareness hospital staff members have after taking part in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The interactive exercise – developed by KAIROS, an…

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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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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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KAIROS Blanket Exercise: The untold history of colonization in Canada that most people never learn

November 10, 2020

Since its creation in 1997, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) has been delivered thousands of times to tens of thousands of people of all ages and from all backgrounds by a wide variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators. It is a unique…

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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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NEW VIDEO: Join us for the largest Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever in Atlantic Canada (1:00 min)

April 11, 2019

Saturday, May 4th: Mass Blanket Exercise Alumni Field, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM An experience to build understanding of our shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples Elder opening and special guests All are welcome Join us for the largest…

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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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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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‘Shame and sadness’ stirred by Indigenous Blanket Exercise

January 26, 2017

Jim Lindsay, sub-region representative for KAIROS Grey-Bruce, Wellington and Dufferin County, says the Indigenous Blanket Exercise held at St. Mark’s Church in Orangeville on Sunday afternoon was very successful – drawing a capacity crowd of about 70 participants. Centred on…

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Spanish KAIROS Blanket Exercise connects colonial dots

August 4, 2016

Despite the parallels between the history of colonization in North, Central and South America, if you ask Latin American expats what they know about Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indian Residential Schools, most will answer “not much.” In an…

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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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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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Sharing an Indigenous point of view at KAIROS Blanket Exercise

January 28, 2020

Seeing, hearing for yourself, and experiencing the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada is something that a group of people in Strathmore practiced last night at the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The free public education session was held at…

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Blanket exercise opening eyes and minds

March 1, 2017

Photo: Around 40 community members took in the Blanket Exercise that was hosted by Wetaskiwin ParentLink and facilitated by Roy and Judy Louis at By-The-Lake Park Feb. 25. The exercise, which was developed by KAIROS, has become a popular teaching…

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Upcoming KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator Trainings

December 16, 2016

These sessions prepare you to lead the Blanket Exercise, a powerful teaching tool to foster truth and reconciliation. When and Where: Upcoming Facilitator Training: KAIROS Blanket Exercise Toronto Facilitator Training Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Coffee and…

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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 Calling Lake Blanket Exercise

March 4, 2015

Last month in Calling Lake, community members wove their oral history and unique perspectives into the Blanket Exercise. Storyteller, hunter, trapper and respected member of the Calling Lake community, Brian Cardinal, reflected on this process in a powerful story.

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Experiential KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) goes virtual

February 10, 2021

KAIROS launches “impactful” online KBE  (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada launches its virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (vKBE) after six months of development, offering participants an alternative to the in-person KBE during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  Hosted on the Zoom platform, the vKBE has incorporated new interactive and engaging elements that visually and emotionally demonstrate the history of…

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How the Indigenous Blanket Exercise destroyed my ego

November 4, 2020

Last January, the charity I worked for held its quadrennial staff gathering in Ottawa, where my department participated in an Indigenous Blanket Exercise. And boy did that not go as I expected. Note: this post is not sponsored or affiliated…

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TORONTO: Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise

DATE & TIME ARE CONFIRMED Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Toronto, May 30, at 2pm. Hosted by Canadian Roots Exchange in partner with KAIROS Canada. Last year, during the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Call to Actions in…

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Hundreds participated in largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever

June 3, 2017

Despite the threat of rain, about 800 people converged on Parliament Hill on June 2 for the largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever. They came to mark the second anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and…

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REGINA: Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Because of activities already scheduled at the legislature, the Blanket Exercise has been move to Christ Lutheran Church. Please join us June 1 from 2:30-5:00PM at Christ Lutheran Church in Regina. Together we will do the Blanket Exercise, an interactive…

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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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TORONTO: KAIROS Blanket Exercise: The Story of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Want to stand in solidarity with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples? What is the story of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples? The Blanket Exercise: A Story of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples 3:00 – 4:30 pm Thurs Sept 29 King’s College Circle, northwest corner Please register…

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