The Blanket Exercise was the most meaningful group activity we’ve done as a staff team … staff were engaged, learned new information, responded emotionally, made the links to their own work and home lives and then thought about ways they could make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of our participants. It was just a remarkable activity.” (Executive Director, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Vancouver BC)
Over the past 20 years, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ program has been delivered to literally tens of thousands of people in a wide variety of settings including: schools and educational institutions, government ministries and agencies, and community settings including faith-based, not-for-profits and charities. Learn how you can bring the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to your organization or community.
“I learned more in the last hour and forty-five minutes that in my entire K-12 social studies education.” (KBE Participant, Alberta Teachers’ Association)
There are two ways to bring the KBE to your school:
By establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between your School Board, Division or District and KAIROS, we can bring the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to many learners by training your Board’s internal educators as KBE facilitators. In fact, School Boards / Districts / Divisions in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick have already established multi-year MoUs with KAIROS – thereby ensuring that this valuable learning tool is available throughout their school system. To find out if your School Board / District / Division already has established a MoU with KAIROS , contact your First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) consultant or ask your school principal. You can also see our list of partners.
KAIROS maintains a national registry of KBE facilitators who may be available for local classroom visits. If you would like us to try to find a facilitator to present the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in your classroom, please complete and submit this request form. Teachers are also invited to visit the new Resources section of this website which has historical materials, reports, educators’ kits and a variety of activities for K-12 student around topics such as Indigenous history, culture and reconciliation.
In Government Departments and Agencies
“Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it, they say. … The Blanket Exercise puts participants in the path of history, and in the midst of Indigenous peoples’ lived experience…the effect is powerfully evocative and viscerally compelling….” (KBE Participant, Canadian Human Rights Commission)
In response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s `94 Calls to Action’, which aim to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation in Canada, all levels of government are seeking ways to advance the process of understanding through education. To help facilitate this goal, dozens of federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments have already established a Memorandum of Understanding with KAIROS. Each partnership is unique and takes into consideration specific departmental/agency needs. As an alternative, your government agency or department can also arrange a one-time Blanket Exercise activity as part of your professional development programming. Contact Ed Bianchi for more details.
In the Community
“There’s a reason that truth comes before reconciliation… the Exercise really helps to provide a foundation of knowledge so everyone is on the same page.” (KBE Facilitator)
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ program has been delivered in a host of community settings including: not-for-profit groups, faith-based events, and even in public parks. Please complete this Blanket Exercise request form at least eight weeks prior to your planned event so that we can process your request on time.