KAIROS Blanket Exercise
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a program of KAIROS CANADA. KAIROS Canada is an ecumenical movement for ecological justice and human rights around the globe. KAIROS Canada is funded under various organizations and individuals just like you. We work together for extraordinary change.
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KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE)
25 Years in the Making
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) celebrates 25 years of sharing the Canadian story from an Indigenous perspective with thousands of Canadians and newcomers participating in the workshop.
What began with a manager and three staff in 1997 evolved into a staff of 12.
With the creation of the vKBE (virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise) in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, the popularity of the KBE grew, particularly due to easy access via Zoom or MS Teams.
The KBE experienced tremendous growth in the last five years alone:
- Approximately 160,000 participants
- Over 5,300 workshops delivered
- Countless partnerships developed
Owing to this growth and through a deep analysis, we’ve looked at the sustainability of the program. With our recent program stop, we’ve come to the conclusion that a new structure is required to better support the KBE Program.
This new model will put the KBE Program back into the hands of Indigenous Community, with the support of KAIROS Blanket Exercise Program staff for administration, curriculum/ script development, annual training, etc.
Within the new KBE Model, Indigenous individuals can become KBE Community Partners and offer KBE through their new or existing businesses to manage the facilitation of the KBE/vKBE. Our Community Partners will address incoming requests from hosts to deliver a KBE/ vKBE and these will no longer be scheduled and managed by KAIROS, but by you, our Indigenous Community Partners.
Further details and next steps, including various consultations will be communicated once they become available at a later date.
Thank you for your patience and continued support.
KBE Team Lead
‘The Virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise is equally as engaging, and even more visually impactful with the inclusion of narratives through multimedia.‘
Specific timelines for new bookings have not yet been established.
New updates will be shared as they become available. Thank you for your patience during this time.
If you have requested an in-person KBE, these are currently available in most regions, or will soon become available. You may switch to a vKBE request from an in-person request in order to secure an earlier date, if that is your preference. If you wish to do this, please reply to the email you receive from our initial response to your request stating this as your preference.
With many thanks for your patience.