KAIROS Blanket Workshop - Participatory Worskhop - McCord Museum

Participatory Workshop

Friday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m.

Bandolier bag, Anishinaabe or T’suu T’ina, 1900-1919. Gift of Charles Sidney Rackstraw, ME954.1.24 © McCord Museum

KAIROS Blanket Workshop


For the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Museum invites you to take part in the KAIROS blanket workshop, an engaging, hands-on activity that promotes knowledge and understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. During the activity, participants will be invited to put themselves in Indigenous people’s shoes and try to really experience parts of history and their affective, cultural and territorial repercussions.

The workshop will be moderated by the KAIROS team. It will be followed by a discussion period where participants can share their impressions. Each participant must bring a blanket, towel or scarf that personally belongs to them to take part in the workshop.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.


Paid activity, for ages 14 and up, presented on Friday, September 30, 2022, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the Museum
Space is limited, reservation required.


  • Adults: $10
  • Museum Members: $7
  • Members of Indigenous communities: free
  • Teens aged 14 to 17: free

Billetterie Weezevent

Profits will be donated to an Indigenous charity (more details to come).


The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada. Founded in 1997 by the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the precursor to KAIROS, the KBE was initially designed to present to Canadians the main themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The Coalition brought together Indigenous elders, Indigenous educators and allies who wanted to ensure that the Commission’s recommendations were not forgotten.

The KBE relies on this collaboration and these longstanding relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to raise awareness about ongoing injustices and the consequences of colonization and to encourage people to learn more about this topic. For over two decades, the Coalition, and now KAIROS, has followed the guidance of elders and Indigenous facilitators from across the country in developing this activity.

KAIROS is a movement of Indigenous people, colonizers and newcomers who promote environmental justice and human rights. Through KAIROS, individuals with a shared conviction and conscience are able to unite their efforts to foster change in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

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