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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May 31, 2017

Spirited Reflection: Another session of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

It’s over. The Narrator has finished speaking. The room falls quiet. The few participants, still standing, glance at each other. The Narrator then asks everyone to think back to what the room looked like at…

By the end of May these youth will have shared the Blanket Exercise 29 times to over 1000 people in Saskatchewan

May 25, 2017

By the end of May these youth will have shared the Blanket Exercise 29 times to over 1000 people in Saskatchewan

Although he is just finishing his Grade 12 education, Michael Cardinal is already teaching five centuries of Indigenous history. “Assimilation, residential schools, the 60s scoop, Canada’s history,” said Cardinal. Cardinal is one of eight Bert…

May 15, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise bridges cultural gaps between First Nations and Alberta RCMP

‘It’s going to help me to be more attentive to what the Native people have gone through.‘ Photo: RCMP members from Alberta take part in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Cochrane. (Laurent Pirot/CBC) RCMP Staff…

KAIROS blanket exercise in Yellowknife

May 11, 2017

Discomfort, ‘real feelings’ felt by Yellowknifers during exercise about history of Indigenous North Americans

‘Blanket exercise’ represents Aboriginal people being separated from their original home and traditions Peter Workman is determined to learn — even if it makes him feel uncomfortable. “I’m part of a generation that didn’t receive…