KAIROS Blanket Exercise - April 9, 2017


PLEASE NOTE: The event is sold out. If you would like to be added to a wiating list please email Susannah at education@pillarnonprofit.ca. In the event that someone cancels and/or if we are able to offer a future event we will be in touch. 

Have you ever had the feeling that you were not getting “the whole truth”? This has been the case in the re-telling of our Canadian history, and many are now awakening to the fact that the truth can “make us free”.

There are many “blanks” in Canadian history of the relationship with the Indigenous people of the land. 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 with the input of Indigenous elders, 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 participatory workshop.

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, it is important to pause and explore reconciliation together. Through experiential learning, participants will increase their awareness of Canadian history, promote empathy, and inspire action towards reconciliation.


  • Maxine Hendrik and Gina McGahey, Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
  • Sister Kathleen Lichti, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Please Note: Warning - The Blanket Exercise walks through difficult experiences, such as Indian Residential 
Schools, the Sixties Scoop and other policies that have affected Indigenous peoples. An Indigenous Elder will be available to support individuals.

Investment: Your fees will help to cover the costs of the facilitators, venue and a donation to KAIROS so that they are able to continue this important work. 

Subsidies are available, please contact Susannah at education@pillarnonprofit.ca or 519-433-7876 x215

The Blanket Exercise was planned in response to the event Ego to Eco: Creating Well-Being for All (held November 2016) where a small group discussed reconciliation and the idea of bringing this opportunity to our community. It is an example of the work being done as part of the London Life Solutions Lab - a space for problem-solving where change-makers from all sectors can intersect, step out of the box, and take risks together to create transformative change.

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