Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

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Contact: or phone 905-877-2579 or 416-908-3601 to sign up - Please leave your name, email, and phone number.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This often takes the form of a talking circle.

Download Blanket Ceremony Exercise

Part I: Telling the Story; narrated by Rev. Paul Ivony - Minister at Norval United Church

Part II: The Talking Circle led by Dale Cimolai - Anishinaabe Knowledge Keeper.

Takes 2 hours. Bring a blanket if you can.
Limited number of participants. Ages 10 and up.
St. Paul’s Parish Hall, Norval
Saturday June 3, 2 - 4 pm

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