Experience the Indigenous History we’re rarely taught

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Experience the Indigenous History we’re rarely taught

April 7, 2018

Experience the Indigenous History we’re rarely taught

On April 7, 2018 Ursuline sisters, Companions and friends arrived in our gathering space, the kiva to experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise which is an experiential teaching tool to share the historical and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The floor was covered with bright blankets which adjoined one another to fill the central space.  We were invited to remove our shoes and plant ourselves on the land as Indigenous people.  Soon settlers arrived in the guise of the moderator and friends and over the course of the afternoon, often with wrenching sadness the blanket space got smaller and smaller.

We participated in difficult experiences such as the Indian Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop and other policies that have affected indigenous peoples. The presence of a local Indigenous leader who guided us at various times throughout the process, blessed us with sage smudge and drummed almost continually was an appreciated and integral part of the experience.

The Blanket Exercise provided by KAIROS was a learning experience but even more so, it was for us a heartfelt experience.  We took up a Free Will Offering and the proceeds will be used as seed money to encourage further Blanket Experiences in our area.

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April 7, 2018

"Live in harmony, united together in one heart and one will."