NIEA Blanket Healing Workshop

developed in partnership with the KAIROS Canada Blanket Healing Exercise

 

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 Photos: Blanket Exercise and Facilitator Training at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)  April 29-May 1, 2019

 For more information, view our one-pager here.

 

Partnering with KAIROS

The National Indian Education Association partnered with KAIROS Canada to provide the Blanket Healing Exercise and Facilitator Training. Participants had the opportunity to participate in the Blanket Healing Exercise, and additionally became certified facilitators of the exercise by participating in a Facilitator Training so that they can implement the exercise in their own local communities.

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

 

Participant experiences:

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“There was tremendous value to doing this training with NIEA, the other participants at the training added a lot of perspective and richness to the discussion.”

 

“In the space created by NIEA and the Kairos Blanket Exercise, I emotionally encountered the extended realities and legacies of our history. It seemed surreal that we were just steps from the nation’s capitol, where so many of the policies, laws, and broken treaties were and are ratified that harmed and continue to harm Indigenous communities and individuals. Yet, the conversations that emerged were full of hope and healing.”

 

“Very enlightening perspective that traces indigenous history.”

 

“The blanket exercise was a deeply spiritual time for me to reflect on the perseverance of my ancestors in resisting colonization. Framed by smudging together at the beginning and a sharing circle at the end, the blanket exercise made me feel bonded to all other Indigenous brothers, sisters, uncles, and aunties in the room.”

 

“The experience was a great one, the people involved were knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. I would like some follow up as to when the next event will be hosted, as to inform my team to attend.”

 

Ask NIEA to come to you!

Interested in having NIEA come do a Blanket Healing Workshop in your own community?

Contact: Kurrinn Abrams, NIEA Education Specialist

 

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