The vKBE is a live-streamed, ZOOM based, interactive presentation that is based on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) and built around a PowerPoint presentation with embedded images and videos. It is delivered by an Indigenous-led team of 3 facilitators. Participants interact by reading scrolls, using the chat feature, and changing their virtual backgrounds in response to cues in the script.Important
Please note that the vKBE is done through the ZOOM platform. If you do not have access to ZOOM, please let us know as soon as possible. It is important that participants sign in the ZOOM call through a laptop or tablet. We do not recommend using a phone as we need to interact with the participants throughout the activity (changing background, chat, etc) which makes it harder for participants to follow instructions.What Is The KAIROS Blanket Exercise?
Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.
During this 2 to 3-hour workshop, participants step on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. They are guided by trained facilitators, including Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, who work from a script that covers pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, resistance and much more. Participants read scrolls and respond to cues in the script. The KBE concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a talking circle, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights, and deepen their understanding.
Over the past two decades, thousands of KAIROS Blanket Exercises have been delivered in Canada and around the world, including in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, and Australia. By engaging participants on both emotional and intellectual levels, the KBE both educates and creates empathy and understanding.
To learn more, visit: https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/programs/