October 22, 2017

Faith-based group commits to reconciling with Indigenous people

Photo: In the blanket exercise, blankets represent land belonging to Indigenous people prior to contact. As the game goes on, the blankets become smaller, with large distances between them. Listen to podcast. Churches played a major role in residential schools, and…

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September 20, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise: Learning Canada’s Dark History

Tansi Nîtôtemtik, In light of the TRC Calls to Action, in particular number 28, which calls upon law schools in Canada to inform their students of the history and legacy of the residential school system1, all incoming 1Ls to the…

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September 18, 2017

‘There’s a reason that truth comes before reconciliation’

“You will now be placed on reserves,” Siobhan Rowan told the evening crowd assembled in East Lynn Park on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for Ward 32’s first ever Kitchi Blanket Exercise. The exercise teaches participants about Indigenous history and the effects…

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September 8, 2017

‘Blanket Exercise’ helps Regina Public Schools work toward reconciliation in the classroom

Role-playing activity helps participants learn about everything from treaties to residential schools Photo: Teachers at George Lee School in Regina, Sask., participate in The Blanket Exercise on Aug. 29. (Shelly Reed/Twitter) When it comes to Indigenous education in the classroom, Regina Public…

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July 28, 2017

How a blanket exercise can be used to teach Indigenous issues

Andrew Nichols talk to Sara Anderson about how a blanket exercise can help teach people in a visual and interactive way about colonialism in Canada and the Indigenous perspective. Listen to audio

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July 17, 2017

The history of Indigenous Peoples as told through blankets

The history of Indigenous peoples on the northern part of Turtle Island, what is now known as Canada, was told through a Kairo Blanket Exercise at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Southampton on June 21. Reverend Graham Bland of St….

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May 31, 2017

Spirited Reflection: Another session of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

It’s over. The Narrator has finished speaking. The room falls quiet. The few participants, still standing, glance at each other. The Narrator then asks everyone to think back to what the room looked like at the beginning of the Exercise…

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May 25, 2017

By the end of May these youth will have shared the Blanket Exercise 29 times to over 1000 people in Saskatchewan

Although he is just finishing his Grade 12 education, Michael Cardinal is already teaching five centuries of Indigenous history. “Assimilation, residential schools, the 60s scoop, Canada’s history,” said Cardinal. Cardinal is one of eight Bert Fox Community High School students…

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May 15, 2017

KAIROS Blanket Exercise bridges cultural gaps between First Nations and Alberta RCMP

‘It’s going to help me to be more attentive to what the Native people have gone through.‘ Photo: RCMP members from Alberta take part in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Cochrane. (Laurent Pirot/CBC) RCMP Staff Sgt. Lauren Weare tries in vain…

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May 11, 2017

Discomfort, ‘real feelings’ felt by Yellowknifers during exercise about history of Indigenous North Americans

‘Blanket exercise’ represents Aboriginal people being separated from their original home and traditions Peter Workman is determined to learn — even if it makes him feel uncomfortable. “I’m part of a generation that didn’t receive a lot of training or…

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