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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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June 20, 2019

Spirited Reflection: Imagine

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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