Kairos Blanket Exercise Facilitated to Nelson Rural School Staff

Posted: October 27, 2017

On the afternoon of October 25th, members of ASD-N's First Nation Education Team facilitated the Kairos Blanket Exercise (KBE) to the staff at Nelson Rural School. After experiencing a KBE himself last year, Todd Fitzpatrick principal of Nelson Rural School, found the experience to be a powerful learning opportunity that he believed his staff should have. Wednesday's early dismissal proved to be an excellent time to complete such an activity. The KBE is facilitated in two parts. The first part is an experiential exercise where participants imagine themselves as Indigenous Peoples of Canada and an interactive script is read chronicling the history of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown. Participants randomly are impacted by the history as it unfolds leaving participants individually impacted by disease, land loss, Indian Act policy, Indian Residential Schools, Treaty denial etc. After the script portion of the exercise is complete, all participants are invited to share their feelings about their experience in a talking/sharing circle led by a local Elder. ASD-N has found this professional learning opportunity to be the best tool to foster empathy and understanding leading to meaningful reconciliation. One teacher who participated described the exercise as “truly transformational”. Visit the following link to learn more about KBE. https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org If you would like a KBE facilitated to your staff or students I would invite you to fill out a request form which can be found using the following link. http://asd-n.nbed.nb.ca/node/1624/documents