The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that explores the history and current relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. Since it was developed in the late 1990s in response to the Final Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise has been shared across the country in churches, schools, businesses and government agencies. In the past year, KAIROS has agreed to work with a growing number of organizations across Canada to provide training to their staff, volunteers and/or students. The following is a partial list of these organizations:
- Aboriginal Circle of Educators
- Alberta Teachers Association
- Anglophone West School District, New Brunswick
- Canada School of Public Service
- Canadian Museum of Human Rights
- New Brunswick Public Library Service
- Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
- Seneca College
- Toronto Catholic District School Board/Mary Ward Centre
- Seven Oaks School Division
Host the Blanket Exercise in your church. This is one way you can respond to Call to Action #59 which calls on churches to develop strategies for educating their constituents about the legacies of colonization and residential schools. The Blanket Exercise can be part of a Sunday morning worship service or you may wish to host the Blanket Exercise as an open event for your community. It can be shared with adults, teenagers and there is even a version for children.
If you are interested in hosting the Blanket Exercise or you are interested in becoming a Blanket Exercise facilitator, contact Carragh Erhardt (1-800-619-7301 ext. 278).