Indigenous Relations Training
This training has been developed over the last 20 years using the medicine wheel teachings and many teachings from various knowledge keepers from around the nation. Karen English has researched and worked in many communities which include urban and Indigenous communities. She has also been given certain rights to pass on the information in her workshops from various elders for the purpose of creating awareness. The knowledged that has been gathered over the years has allowed Karen to developed various youth and adult programming that helps to empower Indigenous families to move forward. Karen has implemented many of these ideas in developing and Indigenous training program that will leave each participant feeling empowered with the knowledge they gain after the workshop.
Mental : Includes current stats, residential impacts, colonization, genocide,
Spritual: Introduction of smudging ceremony, May include pipe ceremony at end of session. Explanation the importance of spirituality. May bring in an elder to support worksop.
Emotional: Conduct a circle with group Talk about what they know about Indigenous people good and the bad. What has changed based on new knowledge. How can we create better outcomes for a better canada.
Physical: Group will be put in various groups for dialoguing and discussions. Group presentations. Participation in group activities
Outcomes to achieve:
- Indigenous competency enhanced.
- Create better relationships with Indigenous families
- Enhance teamwork with the group.
- Providing tools for clearing communication with the organization.
Community Development Training
This training program focuses on building community capacity within organizations and communities. This workshop helps to look at what is preventing collaboration, what keeps a community or agency stagnant. After identifying the issues, they are used to build capacity through an experiential exercise that utilizes the whole group to develop their own process for enhancement.
Kamotaan Consulting has a MOU which means we are certified to conduct the exercise and include exercise in our workshops.
How it works
The Blanket Exercise is based on participatory popular education methodology and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.
Where and how
The Blanket Exercise itself takes about an hour and should always be followed by a talking circle which often requires at least another hour. With youth, ninety minutes for both the Blanket Exercise and debrief is sometimes feasible.
Please note, we require that people undergo facilitator training before accessing the scripts. In addition, if you are non-Indigenous, please ensure you are working in partnership with Indigenous facilitators and Elders when using this teaching tool.
Want to know more?
Vist the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Website
As demand for KAIROS’ most popular teaching tool continues to grow, we are expanding our capacity to deliver the exercise in a good and safe way that ensures facilitators are well-trained and supported, Elders are properly compensated, and training is standardized. As part of this expansion initiative, we are implementing changes to the KAIROS Blanket Exercise website.