KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Date(s) - June 26, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Strathcona Park

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What Is The KAIROS Blanket Exercise?

Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.

During this 2.5 hour workshop, participants step on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. They are guided by trained facilitators, including Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, who work from a script that covers pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, resistance and much more. Participants read scrolls and respond to cues in the script. The KBE concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a talking circle, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights, and deepen their understanding.

Over the past two decades, thousands of KAIROS Blanket Exercises have been delivered in Canada and around the world, including in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, and Australia. By engaging participants on both emotional and intellectual levels, the KBE both educates and creates empathy and understanding.

For more information on what the learning will be like, check out this video!

This learning experience is accessible to everyone. It can trigger emotions, particularly for Indigenous participants, and is designed for people ages 17 and up. For more questions, please go here. 


Please come at 1:00 pm to eat your own picnic lunch and meet other participants! We will begin the blanket exercise promptly at 2:00 pm.

This event is co-hosted by Healing at the Wounding PlaceArtisan Church, Servant Partners and Union Gospel Mission.


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