KAIROS Blanket Exercise

PLEASE NOTE: This event is currently SOLD OUT. Please email Susannah at education@pillarnonprofit.ca to be added to a waiting list.

  • If one of the registered participants cancels we will notify inviduals. 
  • If we have enough interest we may be able to offer an additional session. 


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, Elder, 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.

Co-Hosted by: Horizon Leadership, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada and Pillar Nonprofit Network/Innovation Works

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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