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Sept. 13 Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise will give insight into colonization

Poster for Sept. 13 Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise

Poster for Sept. 13 Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise

A participatory exercise that can offer non-aboriginal East York residents insight into the impact of colonization on Canada’s Indigenous peoples is being held today at 5:30 p.m. in East Lynn Park.

Co-presented by Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts and Ward 32 City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, the free Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise in the park at 1949 Danforth Ave. a block west of Woodbine Ave. runs for a couple of hours and is open to participants and witnesses.

Participants step onto blankets representing the land,” Mr. Erskine-Smith says in his local newsletter, “and later into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples.”

While this is happening, facilitators read a script and assume the role of European explorers and settlers, he explained.

“This mass public event is a coming together of hearts and minds in a collective commitment to help improve awareness of our Indigenous peoples and history and to build reconciliation based on justice for Indigenous peoples,” he added.

It is the first of two events this month in which Erskine-Smith is involved.  On Sunday, Sept. 24 he also hosts a Town Hall on Reconciliation gathering at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.

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