Kairos Blanket Exercise

Kwe,

We are proud to be able to provide the Blanket Exercise all over Epekwitk, PEI.

What is the Blanket Exercise? The History of this Exercise: In 1996, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result; it has since been offered thousands of times and the fourth edition was released in 2016.

Kairos Blanket Exercise

Kwe,

We are proud to be able to provide the Blanket Exercise all over Epekwitk, PEI.

What is the Blanket Exercise? The History of this Exercise: In 1996, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result; it has since been offered thousands of times and the fourth edition was released in 2016.

How it works

The Blanket Exercise is based on using Indigenous methodologies and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.

Timing: The actual Blanket Exercise itself takes about an hour and will be followed by a talking circle which often requires at least another hour. 2 or more hours or more total for the whole workshop.

Who Should do it?

Since 1997, tens of thousands of people in Canada and around the world have experienced the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in a wide variety of settings, including government, educational, health, law enforcement, faith, not-for-profit and grassroots.

Indigenous Communities The KAIROS Blanket Exercise has been used as a teaching tool in Indigenous communities and contexts. Because the KBE can trigger emotions, particularly for Indigenous participants, as an added precaution we work on site with Elders and mental health support resource people to create safe spaces.

Indigenous communities interested in booking a KAIROS Blanket Exercise will always be considered for a subsidy.

Who Should do it?

Since 1997, tens of thousands of people in Canada and around the world have experienced the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in a wide variety of settings, including government, educational, health, law enforcement, faith, not-for-profit and grassroots.

Indigenous Communities The KAIROS Blanket Exercise has been used as a teaching tool in Indigenous communities and contexts. Because the KBE can trigger emotions, particularly for Indigenous participants, as an added precaution we work on site with Elders and mental health support resource people to create safe spaces.

Indigenous communities interested in booking a KAIROS Blanket Exercise will always be considered for a subsidy.

K-12 Schools KAIROS has introduced the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to schools across the country. Let us know if you would like to bring the blanket exercise into your classroom.

Teachers are also invited to visit the Beyond the KBE section of their website for historical materials, educational resources, reports, educators’ kits, and various activities for K-12 students related to Indigenous history, culture, and reconciliation.

Government Departments and Agencies In response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s “94 Calls to Action”, which aim to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation in Canada, all levels of government are seeking ways to advance the process of reconciliation through education, as outlined in Call to Action 57. To help achieve this goal, your government agency or department can arrange a KAIROS Blanket Exercise as part of your professional development programming or team-building activities. Please contact us to learn how you can bring the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to your team, department or agency.

At the Grassroots The KAIROS Blanket Exercise has been delivered in many settings, such as libraries, community centres and public parks, as well as to a wide variety of groups including not-for-profit and faith-based organizations, NGOs, and Indigenous communities. Please make your request at least eight weeks prior to your event. Be sure to indicate if you are requesting a KBE on behalf of an Indigenous community group, a youth-led group, a newcomer group, or a grassroots movement in the comment section of the request form.

Newcomer Communities The last two Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada refer to the need for newcomers to Canada to be aware of the true history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. KAIROS has brought the KBE experience to many newcomer communities in various languages and with simultaneous translation. Be sure to indicate if you are requesting a KBE on behalf of a newcomer community.

PRICING
We operate a sliding scale of fees depending on the circumstances and the size of the event. Final costs to be determined after a review of the request.
CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note that once you have confirmed a KBE workshop it means a time has been reserved in our calendar and facilitators or presenters have been reserved for your workshop.

For all KBE workshops, KAIROS will attempt to accommodate requests to reschedule if they are made more than 14 days prior to the confirmed date, however a service charge of 20% of the quoted fee will be charged.
Please find below additional information specific to each KBE workshop.

 

In-person KBE

If you cancel your session less than 14 days before the confirmed date you will be charged half the quoted fee.
If you cancel your session less than 7 days before the confirmed date you will be charged the full quoted fee.
Changes due to extreme weather are not subject to fees if rescheduled.

 

Virtual KBE

If you cancel your session less than 14 days before the confirmed date a fee of $500 will be charged. If you cancel your session less than 7 days before the confirmed date a fee of $1,000 will be charged.

 

TEACHING & SHARING CIRCLES

If you cancel your session less than 14 days before the confirmed date a fee of $250 will be charged. If you cancel your session less than 7 days before the confirmed date a fee of $500 will be charged.

BOOK YOUR SESSION

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You will be contacted via email once submission is received. The dates will be available on a first come basis. Once your booking has been accepted, an invoice will be sent to you and can be paid at the time of the event.