Posts Tagged "blanket exercise"

KAIROS brings to COP27 its Blanket Exercise and an event on gender, conflict & climate

November 8, 2022

In Egypt, KAIROS leads a Blanket Exercise on November 12, and partners with Equality Fund on Global South Perspectives on Climate Justice, Peace and Conflict, and Gender Equality, an event in the Canadian Pavilion, November 16  (Ottawa: Unceded Algonquin Territory)…

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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Virtual Regional Gathering

The KAIROS Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region presents its biennial conference on Zoom. Hosted by KAIROS Durham, the conference will take place over two days. Our keynote speaker, Chief Dave Mowat of Alderville First Nations will speak about treaties including…

Press Advisory: KAIROS launches new KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles series, May 18

May 13, 2021

Indigenous presenters lead online interactive sessions to foster reconciliation  WHAT  KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) Teaching & Sharing Circles Summer Series – Following a successful winter series, which began January 19, KAIROS’ KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles continue this spring and summer from May 18 to July 20. The interactive Zoom sessions are designed to foster positive relationships…

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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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MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Elders lead online interactive sessions to foster Reconciliation

January 12, 2021

KAIROS launches winter series of KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles, January 19  (Ottawa, Ontario) – Fostering positive relationships between Indigenous & non-Indigenous peoples through truth, sharing and open dialogue is the aim of a KAIROS online series called KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles, which begins its winter sessions on Tuesday, January 19 at…

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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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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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KAIROS Blanket Exercise Teaching & Sharing Circles: November 24

October 5, 2020

‘Building Positive Relationships between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Peoples’ Led by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers with extensive experience facilitating the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), these interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue. Based in an Indigenous-world view and using Indigenous teachings and protocols,…

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#Ravensmessengersofchange FREE activity e-Book

June 29, 2020

If you’re looking to further your understanding on Indigenous rights, history and issues, consider downloading this FREE resource: Ravens: Messengers of Change e-bookDownload KAIROS and Legacy of Hope Foundation encourage schools, families, organizations, government officials and companies to participate in the resource’s…

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Changing the world one KAIROS Blanket Exercise story at a time

March 30, 2020

Words cannot express the gratitude for every time we are called upon to offer the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE). It is an honour to meet with participants who, for the most part, are on a journey of learning.   We have been asked to go where people have little or no…

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To better understand the present, they walk through Alaska’s past

March 20, 2020

“Truthful, undeniable and powerful.”“Very eye-opening.”“Incredibly powerful and healing.”“I felt like everyone I knew needed to go through it.” Those are just a few of the responses from Alaskans who have experienced the Alaska Blanket Exercise, an interactive learning tool launched…

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‘Walk with me’ – a lesson plan towards reconciliation

March 2, 2020

Education is key to reconciliation and the key to good education is a lesson plan that sticks. The Blanket Exercise is one such lesson plan. Developed by KAIROS, the Blanket Exercise is based on a method that uses participatory education to weave storytelling and land-based learning…

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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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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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New understanding of Indigenous history inspires MHCC staff

January 15, 2020

As twenty Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) staff members seated themselves in a circle in a small, windowless room, a sense of trepidation was in the air. While some had experience working with Indigenous communities, others were only faintly…

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Spirited Reflection: The blanket speech – leading forward in reconciliation

November 19, 2019

Janet Gray, hearty dedicated KAIROS collaborator in Victoria, BC, shared the following with us:“I just supported Amber Santarelli,a young Grade 12 First Nation student from Port Alberni, BC, in leading a KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) for her peers and classmates…

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Cariboo region hosts eight Blanket Exercises in eight months

October 22, 2019

The Cariboo Region is pleased to have hosted eight KAIROS Blanket Exercise sessions for provincial government staff in Williams Lake, Quesnel and 100 Mile House over the past eight months. Participants included FLNRORD, MIRR, BCWS, BCTS and CSNR staff. The…

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Town of Okotoks to acknowledge traditional territories

July 31, 2019

An Okotoks town council meeting took a step forward on July 15, as Mayor Bill Robertson opened with an acknowledgement of Treaty 7. The acknowledgement will precede all future Town of Okotoks events, following a KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) on…

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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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Reflexión: Loque significa caminar en tierra robada; una reflexión sobre el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS

July 9, 2019

Como hija de inmigrantes nicaragüenses, no soy ajena a las historias de dictaduras respaldadas por los Estados Unidos y tampoco sus masacres. Las historias contadas durante el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS en su versión guatemalteca me hicieron llorar de…

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Spirited Reflection: What it means to walk on stolen land

July 9, 2019

The Guatemalan KAIROS Blanket Exercise (adapted from the Canadian version) was recently held in Toronto. Two others have commented on the impact of the exercise— one as a settler, one as a First Nations woman, and now, a third as…

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Spirited Reflection: Ancestors, Imagined

June 21, 2019

Recently, I was fortunate to witness the Guatemalan expression of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise while in Toronto, Ontario. As a First Nations woman, I was struck by the similarities of this story of colonization to the one I had come…

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Spirited Reflection: Imagine

June 20, 2019

At a recent KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), the facilitator commented that he often wonders what Canada would look like today if, instead of having forced Indigenous communities to adapt to colonial ways, the European colonists had assimilated the ways 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…

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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Spirited Reflection: The outsider insider perspective- how a KBE changed me

March 29, 2019

I am a settler in Canada and having immigrated from India about a year ago, I felt a longing need not just to belong here, but also to be able to connect with the cultural and historical past of this…

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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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