In celebration of Cultural Diversity, please join neighbours and friends in an exercise of reconciliation and understanding, on November 21st, sponsored by the Powell River Diversity Initiative.
There are now two opportunities to take part in the exercise, says organizer Devon Pielle. “Due to demand, we have added an additional workshop so there are two available on November 21st,” Devon said. “There are still spaces open for the noon workshop while the 2:00 workshop is full.”
The workshops, to be held at the PR Recreation Complex, are approximately 40 minutes long and are capped at 40 people each due to the size of the venue. Following the exercise there will be a debriefing and a tradional cleansing from Tla’amin elders.
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool that uses participatory popular education to raise awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
It teaches a history of Canada that most people never learn. Since its creation in 1997, it has been done hundreds of times with thousands of people of all ages and from all backgrounds, by a wide variety of groups that include Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
“Be prepared – you will be forever changed and what you will then know you cannot un-know, ever,” said co-organizer C.c. Duncan.
It is a way to open, or continue, the conversation about decolonization. The exercise is designed to deepen understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood through Canadian history. It explores the major themes and recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), examines how federal policies and programs impact the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and identifies what Indigenous peoples and their allies are doing to bring about positive change.