Posts Tagged "blanket exercise"

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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Blanket exercise coordinator educates non-Indigenous people about shared history of Canada

June 22, 2018

Susan Beaudin knows about the power of a blanket. The educator from Cowessess First Nation is a residential school survivor. She is also the Kairos Blanket Exercise Coordinator for Saskatchewan. In her role, she travels to different communities, institutions, and…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes to Alaska

June 21, 2018

Interest in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is growing beyond Canada’s borders In late May I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska with Lillian Underwood, an Indigenous KBE trainer and facilitator based in B.C., and my colleague, KBE Coordinator Sara Anderson, for…

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Reflecting on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

March 14, 2018

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is a tool developed in 1997 by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in which participants learn about European colonization of Turtle Island (North America), the accompanying dispossession of Indigenous peoples (reflected by the steady removal…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Edmonton Indigenous and newcomer communities gather for reconciliation, March 10

March 1, 2018

Edmonton event is one of five KAIROS’ Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships events in four cities and provinces (Edmonton, AB) – KAIROS Canada, in partnership with local organizations, presents Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Community in Edmonton…

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RCMP to use KAIROS Blanket Exercise in all cadet training

December 12, 2017

RCMP instructors receive training in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the RCMP Academy in Regina. Photo by RCMP Academy, 2017. Written by Tali Folkins. Originally published in the Anglican Journal on December 12, 2017. Starting this December, the training of…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: All RCMP cadets to participate in powerful reconciliation exercise

December 5, 2017

RCMP Academy to use KAIROS Blanket Exercise to educate all cadets on the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada is pleased to announce that the Regina-based RCMP Academy will use the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to…

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RCMP cadets at Depot Division in Regina will soon have a better understanding of Indigenous history in Canada

December 4, 2017

RCMP introducing Indigenous blanket exercise for all new cadets Photo: Sara Anderson (left), KAIROS Blanket Exercise Co-ordinator, leads a group of RCMP officers and staff through the blanket exercise. TROY FLEECE / REGINA LEADER-POST Originally published on December 4, 2017,…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise wrapped into RCMP cadet training

December 4, 2017

Training educates cadets on history and experience of Indigenous people Photo: RCMP Academy instructors take part in a blanket exercise in Regina this morning. These instructors will reproduce the exercise for new RCMP cadets as part of cadet training, as of…

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Faith-based group commits to reconciling with Indigenous people

October 22, 2017

Photo: In the blanket exercise, blankets represent land belonging to Indigenous people prior to contact. As the game goes on, the blankets become smaller, with large distances between them. Listen to podcast. Churches played a major role in residential schools, and…

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‘There’s a reason that truth comes before reconciliation’

September 19, 2017

“You will now be placed on reserves,” Siobhan Rowan told the evening crowd assembled in East Lynn Park on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for Ward 32’s first ever Kitchi Blanket Exercise. The exercise teaches participants about Indigenous history and the effects…

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‘Blanket Exercise’ helps Regina Public Schools work toward reconciliation in the classroom

September 8, 2017

Role-playing activity helps participants learn about everything from treaties to residential schools Photo: Teachers at George Lee School in Regina, Sask., participate in The Blanket Exercise on Aug. 29. (Shelly Reed/Twitter) When it comes to Indigenous education in the classroom, Regina Public…

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Seeds of Truth: Indigenous women, food security and the genocide of the Americas

August 24, 2017

My name is Tyra Cox and I am of Sahtu Dene and Anishinaabe lineage within Canada (North America). As an Indigenous women, there were very specific areas of Indigenous rights that I wanted to explore on the journey with Central…

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Seeds of Truth: Healing Together

August 16, 2017

I’m fortunate to be a part of the first KAIROS Blanket Exercise youth exchange to Guatemala being organized in partnership with Breaking the Silence and New Hope Foundation, Guatemala  At the end of May, we had the opportunity to meet…

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Seeds of Truth: The Value of Traditional Crafts

July 20, 2017

I have the privilege of being one of the participants of the KAIROS Guatemala Youth Exchange, and it has been an amazing experience so far. I am a settler living in unceded Mi’kmaq territory under the Peace and Friendship treaties…

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The history of Indigenous Peoples as told through blankets

July 17, 2017

The history of Indigenous peoples on the northern part of Turtle Island, what is now known as Canada, was told through a Kairo Blanket Exercise at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Southampton on June 21. Reverend Graham Bland of St….

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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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KAIROS Canada Day Statement / Déclaration de KAIROS pour la fête du Canada

June 29, 2017

On July 1, many people across Canada will gather to celebrate 150 years of Confederation. In solidarity with many Indigenous peoples, communities, and organizations, KAIROS chooses not to celebrate, but rather to use this moment to affirm our commitment to…

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