I found the Blanket Exercise to be very moving and powerful. When you see your friends and colleagues representing those who have been removed from a community or died as a result of disease or famine, you feel it as well – it brought to life the story of Canada’s Indigenous peoples in a way that no text can do.
KAIROS Blanket Exercise participant, Canadian Human Rights Commission Staff
KAIROS Canada is committed to truth, healing, and reconciliation for the past and Indigenous justice for the present. We support an active process of decolonization— with ourselves, our communities, our churches, and our country, building just and respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We support contributing towards the recognition of Indigenous peoples as distinct peoples and nations, with rights to land and self-determination.
The Indigenous Rights program prioritizes decolonization and reconciliation education, through KAIROS’ most popular teaching tool, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, implementation of the TRC Calls to Action through the campaign Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation, commitment to free prior and informed consent by companies and governments, exploration of the gendered impacts of resource extraction on Indigenous women, and solidarity with Indigenous-led struggles such as justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and equity for First Nations’ children.
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