Around twenty participants gathered at the Trinity United Church in Watson to participate in a mind-altering experience. Non-profit ecumenical organization KAIROS and the pastoral charge of the United Church brought the Blanket Exercise to the church in Watson on Sunday,…

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October 24, 2019

Viewpoint with Rev. Natasha Pearen

This article was published in Amherst News as an invitation to participate in a KBE at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church on Oct. 5. A reflection by Rev. Natasha Pearen. Have you ever participated in a KAIROS Blanket Exercise? Have you…

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October 24, 2019

Blanket exercise taking steps toward reconciliation

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…

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October 22, 2019

Blanket Exercise bridges the Indigenous, non-Indigenous gap

A couple of weeks ago, on an overcast Sunday afternoon, some 35 non-Indigenous friends and strangers gathered in the basement of Hudson’s Wyman Memorial United Church to take part in an activity called the KAIROS Blanket Exercise workshop. We had been invited…

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October 22, 2019

Indigenous still waiting for vows to turn into action

Chrystal Désilets likes to remain hopeful when she hears promises flow from the mouths of would-be MPs on the campaign trail. But too often, particularly surrounding Indigenous issues, it becomes the same old story. There’s plenty of talk while her…

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October 22, 2019

Cariboo region hosts eight Blanket Exercises in eight months

The Cariboo Region is pleased to have hosted eight KAIROS Blanket Exercise sessions for provincial government staff in Williams Lake, Quesnel and 100 Mile House over the past eight months. Participants included FLNRORD, MIRR, BCWS, BCTS and CSNR staff. The…

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July 31, 2019

Town of Okotoks to acknowledge traditional territories

The acknowledgement of Treaty 7 peoples comes from reconciliation recommendations made after the Town participated in a KAIROS Blanket Ceremony on June 27.

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July 23, 2019

Blanket Exercise boosts staff awareness about colonization effects on Indigenous patients

It moves some to tears. Others are shocked, yet hopeful. Anger, guilt and shame can also come with the heightened awareness hospital staff members have after taking part in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The interactive exercise – developed by KAIROS, an…

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July 22, 2019

Reflexión: Loque significa caminar en tierra robada; una reflexión sobre el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS

Como hija de inmigrantes nicaragüenses, no soy ajena a las historias de dictaduras respaldadas por los Estados Unidos y tampoco sus masacres. Las historias contadas durante el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS en su versión guatemalteca me hicieron llorar de…

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July 22, 2019

Spirited Reflection: What it means to walk on stolen land

The Guatemalan KAIROS Blanket Exercise (adapted from the Canadian version) was recently held in Toronto. Two others have commented on the impact of the exercise— one as a settler, one as a First Nations woman, and now, a third as…

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