What is the Blanket Exercise?

A teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Caledon

April 30, 2018

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise comes to Caledon

PHOTO: CI-BLANKET23 TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 23 – As part of its endeavour to get students to learn history from an indigenous perspective, the Toronto Catholic school board has introduced the often emotional blanket exercise…

‘Blanket exercise’ at Totem Hall teaches reconciliation through participation

April 24, 2018

KAIROS Blanket Exercise at Totem Hall teaches reconciliation through participation

Aim is to bring learning tool to Squamish classrooms, says organizer How do you teach a painful history and keep hearts open? On Friday night the Squamish Multifaith Association, Squamish Nation elders, and university students…

Participants pass a speaking stone as they introduce themselves and why they are at the blanket ceremony. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

April 23, 2018

Tsawout hosts Saanich Peninsula community leaders at blanket ceremony

Watching blankets slowly disappear under the feet of Saanich Peninsula community leaders, who one-by-one leave a circle of people, one is struck by the symbolism. The blankets represent the land occupied by Canada’s First People….

KAIROS Blanket Exercise blanket

February 26, 2018

Reflecting on the blanket exercise

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…