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 the 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 who follow a script that includes pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, resistance and much more. Participants read scrolls and respond to cues in the script. The exercise concludes with a debriefing, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights, and deepen their understanding.
In addition to in-person programming, KAIROS is now offering virtual Blanket Exercise experiences.