Photo: This painting features an Onondaga Gustoweh (headgear) by Onondaga artist Josephine M. Cook for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. Posters can be purchased online. This article was written by Kaluhyanu:wes and Michelle Schenandoah and originally published in…

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June 26, 2018

Why this blanket exercise is now essential training for RCMP cadets

The exercise synthesizes 500 years of colonization under the observation of a local Indigenous elder.  This past winter, the RCMP introduced a new educational tool at its Regina training academy: the KAIROS blanket exercise. Developed by its namesake ecumenical advocacy organization,…

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June 22, 2018

Blanket exercise coordinator educates non-Indigenous people about shared history of Canada

Susan Beaudin knows about the power of a blanket. The educator from Cowessess First Nation is a residential school survivor. She is also the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Coordinator for Saskatchewan. In her role, she travels to different communities, institutions, and…

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June 21, 2018

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes to Alaska

Interest in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is growing beyond Canada’s borders In late May I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska with Lillian Underwood, an Indigenous KBE trainer and facilitator based in B.C., and my colleague, KBE Coordinator Sara Anderson, for…

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April 30, 2018

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise comes to Caledon

PHOTO: CI-BLANKET23 TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 23 – As part of its endeavour to get students to learn history from an indigenous perspective, the Toronto Catholic school board has introduced the often emotional blanket exercise in which kids uses colourful…

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April 24, 2018

KAIROS Blanket Exercise at Totem Hall teaches reconciliation through participation

Aim is to bring learning tool to Squamish classrooms, says organizer How do you teach a painful history and keep hearts open? On Friday night the Squamish Multifaith Association, Squamish Nation elders, and university students stepped onto blankets to explore…

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April 23, 2018

Tsawout hosts Saanich Peninsula community leaders at blanket ceremony

Watching blankets slowly disappear under the feet of Saanich Peninsula community leaders, who one-by-one leave a circle of people, one is struck by the symbolism. The blankets represent the land occupied by Canada’s First People. And as those blankets are…

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February 26, 2018

Reflecting on the blanket exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is a tool developed in 1997 by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in which participants learn about European colonization of Turtle Island (North America), the accompanying dispossession of Indigenous peoples (reflected by the steady removal…

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December 5, 2017

RCMP cadets at Depot Division in Regina will soon have a better understanding of Indigenous history in Canada

RCMP introducing Indigenous blanket exercise for all new cadets Photo: Sara Anderson (left), KAIROS Blanket Exercise Co-ordinator, leads a group of RCMP officers and staff through the blanket exercise. TROY FLEECE / REGINA LEADER-POST Originally published on December 4, 2017,…

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December 5, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise wrapped into RCMP cadet training

Training educates cadets on history and experience of Indigenous people Photo: RCMP Academy instructors take part in a blanket exercise in Regina this morning. These instructors will reproduce the exercise for new RCMP cadets as part of cadet training, as of…

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