Blanket exercise taking steps toward reconciliation

Kairos Blanket Exercise for Lakehead University

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise was held at Lakehead University to help guide Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through a shared history and continue toward reconciliation.

Students and faculty at Lakehead University took a walk through the past to learn more about Indigenous people’s history and experiences and to continue to make strides toward reconciliation.

“Everybody has a place and is involved and it’s really about touching not just our minds, but our hearts so we can feel empathy for what happened, and it’s really about understanding our truth so we can move together toward reconciliation,” said Jerri-Lynn Orr, coordinator with the Native Access Program at Lakehead University.

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives hosted the KAIROS Blanket Exercise on campus on Monday in conjunction with Orange Shirt Day.

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise was created in 1997 as a response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People’s Report released the year prior, which calls for more education about Canadian-Indigenous history.

“The KAIROS Blanket Exercise walks through 500 years of history, from pre-contact all the way up to today,” Orr said. Continue reading the article here.

This article was written by Doug Diaczuk for and published on Oct. 1, 2019.


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