Power, Race, & Priviledge Symposium

Power, Race, & Priviledge Symposium

Power, Race, & Priviledge Symposium

Schedule, Saturday, March 23rd

Schedule, Saturday, March 23rd

Schedule, Saturday, March 23rd

09:30 - 12:00 First session

Welcome and Panel: A closer look at multiculturalism and inclusion

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 16:00 Second session: Kairos blanket exercise

By registration only! Read more below

16:00 - 16:30 Afternoon break

16:30 - 18:15 Third session: Keynote by Julia Serano &  closing remarks 

 

 

09:30 - 12:00 First session

Welcome and Panel: A closer look at multiculturalism and inclusion

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 16:00 Second session: Kairos blanket exercise

By registration only! Read more below

16:00 - 16:30 Afternoon break

16:30 - 18:15 Third session: Keynote by Julia Serano &  closing remarks 

 

09:30 - 12:00 First session

Welcome and Panel: A closer look at multiculturalism and inclusion

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 16:00 Second session: Kairos blanket exercise

By registration only! Read more below

16:00 - 16:30 Afternoon break

16:30 - 18:15 Third session: Keynote by Julia Serano &  closing remarks 

 

What is the "blanket exercise"?

PRPS 2019 is working with the Kairos Canadian ecumenical justice initiatives to offer you their Trademarked Blanket Exercise, a unique, participatory history lesson.

From the Kairos website:

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.

Developed in response to the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1996 –which recommended education about Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation — the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) covers more than 500 years in an experiential workshop that aims to foster understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Since its creation, the Exercise has been updated several times to include new information such as the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation final report.

During the KBE, participants walk on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcome as they literally ‘walk’ through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Participants are guided through the experience by trained facilitators (who read the script and assume the roles of European explorers and settlers) and Indigenous Elders or knowledge keepers. The Exercise 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.

Since its creation in 1997, tens of thousands of KAIROS Blanket Exercises have been conducted in Canada and around the world, including in the United States, Guatemala, and Australia. By engaging participants on both emotional and intellectual levels, the KBE is able to both educate and create understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples … in Canada and throughout the world!

For more information please visit the Kairos website.