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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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Seeds of Truth: Reflection on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala orientation

June 6, 2017

“These bean seeds in my pocket keep me mindful of Mother Earth; they keep me grounded.” ~ Hannah “These Amaranth seeds are to share.  Go ahead, eat them.  Amaranth was once nearly wiped out in my area of Guatemala, but now…

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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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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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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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New video: Kitchi Blanket Exercise

May 24, 2017

Please share this video with your network. Let’s all ‘show up’ on June 2, to participate in the largest Mass Blanket Exercise ever! #reconciliACTION150

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Mass Blanket Exercise

To mark two years since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, let’s fill The Federal Plaza at the Alberta Legislature with over 500 people learning together! RISE is hosting a mass Blanket Exercise, an interactive…

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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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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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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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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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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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SASKATOON: Public Kairos Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive activity that explores Canada’s history of colonization and the lasting impact of it. See http://kairosblanketexercise.org/ for more information and resources. In SK and treaty territories, thousands of people of all ages and a…

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SASKATOON: KAIROS Blanket Exercise For Newcomers

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive activity that explores Canada’s history of colonization and the lasting impact of it. See http://kairosblanketexercise.org/ for more information and resources. In SK and Treaty territories, thousands of people of all ages and a…

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TORONTO: KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is an interactive educational experience to share the historical and cultural relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada. The process will take two hours. St. Clement’s welcomes all who would like to join us. We…

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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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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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My experience of The Blanket Exercise

February 14, 2017

I never thought that the name ‘The blanket exercise’ gave the activity the justice it deserves, although this is how the activity was created and is commonly known. It is originally from the KAIROS, a joint venture by the United…

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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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KAIROS Blanket Exercise Project with the Mary Ward Centre and Toronto Catholic District School Board

January 28, 2017

KAIROS, the Mary Ward Centre and the Toronto Catholic District School Board launched a collaborative project in October 2016 to bring the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to elementary and secondary school students on a weekly basis. Fifteen schools and hundreds of…

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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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KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Gladue Summit, Thunder Bay

January 13, 2017

“A very generous and talented videographer created this short video of the Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise I co-facilitated in Thunder Bay on November 29, 2016 for 100+ participants at the Gladue Summit, which was organized by the Ministry of the…

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