Reconciliation through interactive storytelling

Reconciliation through interactive storytelling
HAGERSVILLE—A KAIROS Blanket Exercise program took place at All Saints Church in Hagersville on January 26, 2019. Narrators read about Canadian history, changing the landscape (blankets) as they read.

By Rachel Vaarkamp

The Haldimand Press

HAGERSVILLE—A map made of blankets spread out on the floor greeted attendees at the KAIROS Blanket Exercise on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at All Saints Anglican Church in Hagersville. The blankets represented the continent of North America and this interactive teaching tool is used to showcase the history of European settlers entering what is now known as Canada and their interaction with Indigenous residents.

Archdeacon Val Kerr envisions these exercises as a start to reconciliation: “The more we learn about each other the more the barriers are broken down and misconceptions can be cleared up.”

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