NIEA Indigenous Empowerment and Resilience Project Training
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Adapted from the Kairos Canada Blanket Healing Exercise.

When: October 9, 2019
1:00 PM
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave South
Minneapolis, District of Columbia  55403
United States
Contact: Kurrinn Abrams

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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. 

During this workshop, participants walk on blankets representing the land and into the role of Native peoples of Indian Country 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, deepen their understanding, and create actionable next steps for their work.

Components of the training include:

Land Acknowledgment
Blanket Healing
Talking Circle
Emotional Supports

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The National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.