‘Fostering Positive Relationships between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Peoples’
Led by Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers with extensive experience facilitating the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), these (90-minute) interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue.
Based in Indigenous worldviews and using Indigenous traditions and protocols, each KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle addresses historical and contemporary topics in an honest and personal way by blending data and facts with personal stories. Each topic has been developed to complement the KBE and can serve as an introduction before you experience a (virtual or in-person) KBE or as a way to delve more deeply into a specific topic after attending a KBE.
The T&S Circles program is offered as both public scheduled online sessions as well as private group sessions for schools and educational institutions, community groups and employers. Book a private session for your group (of up to 40 participants).
Join a KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle and experience a deep and meaningful way to learn about truth and reconciliation.
Meet the KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles Facilitators
Tina Stevens is an Algonquin-Ojibwe woman from Kitigan Zibi, Kettle and Stoney Point who has lived in London (Ontario) her entire life. She has three strong sons and attributes her energy to having been raised by a strong mother – a great Elder in her own community. Her given name is Minhminhs (Little Pigeon) and she is part of the Maang Dodem (Loon Clan). Tina has been employed in the court system for 30 years as a Court & Client Representative.
Oshkaabewis kwe/woman helper, Tracey Whiteye, is Makwa Dodem, Bear Clan, whose spirit name is ‘Polar Bear Woman Who is Looking Ahead from the Water’. She is Lenaapeew/ Anishinaabe kwe and comes from the Elunaapeewii Lahkeewiit First Nation, known as Delaware Nation of the Thames. Tracey has led many KAIROS Blanket Exercises, is currently a Master of Social Work candidate, and teaches at the Anishnaabek Education Institute (in the Social Service Worker, Native Community Worker, and the Native Traditional Healing Methods programs).
“Tracey was simply amazing and her story incredibly impactful. She is a tremendous educator – teaching over Zoom is a challenge but she connected with everyone in ways that helped us understand the impacts of residential schools through her story, knowledge and message of hope…. The entire workshop was so inspiring.” (Sean Rogers, Director-Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre/University of Calgary)
Mary-Anne Kechego is a member of the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Nation and began the journey 45 years ago to find her identify as an Indigenous woman. Since returning to the London-area, she has served on the Board at the N’Amerind Friendship Centre and worked on women’s programming geared towards living healthier lifestyles at the Nokeekwe and Crouch Library. Mary-Anne has been a KAIROS Blanket Exercise lead facilitator for more than two years, and lives by the motto to ‘always do things with a Good Mind and Good Heart’.
Gloria Thomson is a Metis woman, born and raised in Thunder Bay, with historic connections in Quebec and the Northwest. Unaware of her Aboriginal roots until well into adulthood, Gloria’s search for the true story of Indigenous history has been an important study, and a reference point for her own understanding of her Metis identity. Gloria is actively involved with the Thames Blue Water Metis Council in the role of Senator.
2021 Public Sessions
Each of these 2-hour Zoom-based, interactive sessions are led by an experienced KBE Indigenous facilitator/Knowledge Keeper. The cost for registering is $25 per session. Registrations are capped, so please register early to ensure your spot. Check our calendar for upcoming events.