Kairos Blanket Exercise

circle-logo2.pngThe blanket exercise is an experiential learning activity created by KAIROS, an encunemical, social justice initiative and joint venture of the United Church of Canada. The exercise takes a small group of participants through the history of the colonization of Turtle Island to better understand the ongoing impact of Canadian government policies, institutions, and colonial ideologies, and their intergenerational effects on Indigenous Peoples and communities.

Recognizing a need to build understanding of Indigenous-Settler relations on campus, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Student Experience, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) collaboratively offer blanket exercises throughout the year to Western staff, faculty and students. This activity is a great introductory learning opportunity to initiate and engage participants in difficult conversations using holistic learning approaches that engage the body, mind, heart and spirit.

There is a virtual adaptation of the KBE now available. 

Virtual KBE length: 3hrs (2hrs for introduction and exercise, 1hr debrief)

Maximum online participants: 30 people
Maximum in-person participants: 50 people (subject to change according to COVID19 health guidelines)

We recognize this is a lengthy time commitment online and in person, but the exercise gives a brief overview of the colonization of what is now known as Canada, and a general idea of the impacts on Indigenous Peoples.

Content warning: genocide, Indian Residential Schools, sexual assault and abuse, MMIWG2S

Please note, the exercise is facilitated with an Indigenous Elder and a debrief circle. 

There are some costs associated to running the exercise. 

If you would like to host a blanket exercise for your team or group, please contact kbe_request@uwo.ca