The Blanket Exercise: Experience and Facilitator Training

Blanket Exercise Poster ImageDetails: All students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to this KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Facilitator Training sponsored by Hart House, KAIROS, the Multi-Faith Centre, First Nations House, and the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office.

Developed by KAIROS Canada, the Blanket Exercise is based on participatory popular education methodology and the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. It is being successfully used by hundreds of facilitators across the country in elementary and high schools, organizations, training programs, government departments, colleges and universities… The demand continues to grow as do the positive impacts. It builds relationships, breaks down stereotypes and generates meaningful dialogue and action toward decolonization.

When: Jan. 19, 2017, 8:30 am-4 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Cost: Free / Register at by January 13. Spaces are limited.


  • 9:30 am: Registration and coffee
  • 10 am–12 pm: KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) with opening by elder Andrew Wesley
  • 1 pm–4 pm KBE Facilitator Training*

*Those who wish to be trained must participate in the full day. Anyone who wants to simply experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise is welcome to come for just the first 2 hours. Lunch will be provided for trainees.

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