At a recent KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), the facilitator commented that he often wonders what Canada would look like today if, instead of having forced Indigenous communities to adapt to colonial ways, the European colonists had assimilated the ways of…

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June 19, 2019

Stalling on Bills C-262 and C-337 undermines Canada’s democratic process, jeopardizes reconciliation and fails to protect human rights

This Open Letter was first published on kairoscanada.org on June 17. 17 June 2019 Open Letter to Parliamentarians A unanimous motion of the 338-member House of Commons said that two bills currently before the Senate, Bills C-262 and C-337, are “critical pieces…

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June 18, 2019

Advocates continue to push for Indigenous rights bill as deadline looms

Blog re-posted from kairoscanada.org A bill which would harmonize Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) would need to restart its life in the House of Commons—after the federal election—if not passed by…

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June 12, 2019

Hyperbole and misrepresentation must not prevent Senate passing Bill C-262

This article was first published on kairoscanada.org on June 11. We are hopeful that in a matter of days the Senate will vote to adopt a private member’s bill that would require the federal government to begin in earnest the…

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June 7, 2019

Urge the Opposition Leader to stop senate filibustering of Bill C-262!

Bill C-262 is in trouble. On Wednesday, June 5, Senator Don Plett refused a motion from Senator Lillian Dyck to allow the Senate Committee to proceed with its scheduled review of Bill C-262. The five senators who have been filibustering…

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June 3, 2019

KAIROS attends closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into MMIWG

As today we participate in the closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, our hearts are heavy. Heavy with mourning for those who have died, whose absence demands memory and honour. Heavy with…

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March 29, 2019

The outsider insider perspective- how a KBE changed me

I am a settler in Canada and having immigrated from India about a year ago, I felt a longing need not just to belong here, but also to be able to connect with the cultural and historical past of this…

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March 1, 2019

Why a blanket exercise made me disappointed, uncomfortable and angry

Shining a harsh light on the impacts of colonization On a cloudy, fall afternoon at NAIT Main Campus, a circle of chairs are arranged around five patterned blankets laid flat on the floor. It’s a homey scene – one of…

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February 20, 2019

Senpaqcin school uses KAIROS blanket exercise to explore systems of governance

The intermediate students and teachers at Senpaqcin school recent hosted the KAIROS blanket exercise as part of their inquiry into how systems of governance shape the lives of people. The blanket exercise covers more than 500 years of history in…

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February 19, 2019

Communities coming together for Reconciliation

Reflections on the Blanket Exercise On June 9th, 2018, Vancouver Monthly Meeting gathered with the Vancouver Unitarian community on unceded Musqueam and Coast Salish territory in a beautiful intergenerational Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool developed by…

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