Posts Tagged "blanket exercise"

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…

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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Communities coming together for Reconciliation

February 19, 2019

Reflections on the Blanket Exercise On June 9th, 2018, Vancouver Monthly Meeting gathered with the Vancouver Unitarian community on unceded Musqueam and Coast Salish territory in a beautiful intergenerational Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool developed by…

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Christians working on global issues can be a thankless job

January 17, 2019

Finding pathways to truth and reconciliation has become the latest focus for Christian activists in Canada. The nation’s churches and church members have been active on social justice issues over many decades, a Lethbridge audience was reminded Thursday. But Joe…

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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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Needs Improvement: Educators make progress on Indigenous curriculum, but more work to do

December 14, 2018

In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to include more study on Indigenous issues in school curriculum, it appears educators across the country are taking the recommendations to heart. In its second report card on how Canadian…

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“We’re definitely not the best nation in the world,” school children learn about colonialism

December 5, 2018

“Getting to the truth was hard, but getting to reconciliation will be harder. It requires that the paternalistic and racist foundations of the residential school system be rejected as the basis for an ongoing relationship. “Reconciliation requires that a new…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Ireland

December 3, 2018

A KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) team travelled to Ireland in November to facilitate the exercise for Trócaire, a development and emergency relief agency that works “to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness 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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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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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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Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships: Building relationships of solidarity

July 25, 2018

Guests of the Festival of Faith were invited to participate in a workshop presented by Alfredo Barahona and Dawn Maracle that shared experiences with the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and the KAIROS project, Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Community. While…

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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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