The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
This was by far the most impactful experience I had this year. You have likely had moments in your life where you paused and thought to yourself, how have I not heard of this before?
This was by far the most impactful experience I had this year.
You have likely had moments in your life where you paused and thought to yourself, how have I not heard of this before?
That was my experience a few weeks back after I had the privilege of spending two and a half hours on a Zoom call with three excellent facilitators taking me and a group of individuals at Fullscript on a journey of reflection and understanding about the true history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historical and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada. – The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
This interactive experience takes you through history in a way that helps us think, reflect and feel, giving us a much deeper appreciation for the different Indigenous cultures and their history in Canada. It is rich and emotional and an experience every privileged Canadian should have.
I felt the emotional weight in a powerful and transformative way. With every twist and turn, I understood and appreciated the challenges our Indigenous peoples faced and still face today.
In a disappointing and perhaps a not so surprising reveal, most of what I learned wasn’t anything I had learned in school. Why not?
Canada is where it is today because of its actions or lack thereof towards Indigenous people. We shouldn’t hide from our past; we should teach our children the failures of our ways and enable them to take better actions.
We get to choose a better future by better understanding our past.
We need to educate ourselves and our children to better understand and appreciate the generational traumas, histories and impacts that many Indigenous peoples carry to this day if we are to change our relationship with racism.
Continuing to deny the past only leads to our inability to offer genuine empathy and create lasting change.
Ask your organization to have this training offered to you and your colleagues.
We owe it to our future to educate ourselves about our past to make better-informed decisions and take different actions today.
Sparknotion – Think Differently.