Milton-Parc KAIROS Blanket Exercise – English Edition – Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
L’Association Récréative Milton-Parc (ARMP) – Galeries du Parc
3590 Jeanne Mance
We are offering this community Blanket Exercise in deep love, solidarity and reciprocity with the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples who are part of the homeless community in downtown Montreal and the Plateau – including Milton-Parc – stretching from St-Laurent to Atwater and up to Mont-Royal. May we seek to understand with compassion and solidarity, not charity.
Welcome to the KAIROS Blanket Exercise
This KAIROS Blanket Exercise is the 3rd one to be hosted by Solidarité Milton-Parc and collaborators for the Milton-Parc and Peter McGill communities. In order to understand Indigenous Homelessness, we believe it is critically important for Québécois and Canadians to understand the untold history of colonization and of the land and relationships between Indigenous Peoples and European Settlers in this country. For those of us who care about social justice, we must properly question and hold to account our colonial governments; and support Indigenous Peoples here who continue to resist ongoing colonization of lands, the conquest and destruction of extractive industries with the political blessings of the government, lack of clean drinking water in communities, ongoing seizure of Indigenous children from their families and communities, high homelessness and incarceration rates, and the list goes on and on. Come join us to begin to learn this untold history, and open your minds and your hearts to learn about intergenerational trauma, and a new understanding of the untold reality of colonization that is the cause of such suffering for Indigenous Peoples here.
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We invite people ages 11 and up, to join us for this English Edition of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, and we encourage youth and parents to come together. It is very important that people come and stay for the entire 3 hours as a way of honouring the space we will be creating together. The experience is not complete if you miss the Talking Circle that comes after the simulation exercise. Please note that you will be asked to take your shoes off to participate (see video above).
We are asking for a contribution of $5 or more for this exercise (you will not be turned away if you are unable to make a contribution), that will go to financial acknowledgements for the Indigenous Elder and/or Indigenous facilitators, plus light refreshments for participants.
The ARMP Community Centre at Galeries du Parc is fully accessible and we encourage people with accessibility needs to contact Su at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin is a Mohawk adoptee from Kahnawake, Quebec, Bear Clan. She has been working at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal since 2007 as a support worker. In 2008, she completed her B.A. in Human Relations/ Sociology from Concordia University followed soon after with a Certificate in Life & Executive Coaching. Tealey is a member of the Montreal NETWORK, Social Services committee and Homeless working group and a guest tutor/lecturer with the McGill faculty of Medicine, McGill School of Social work and the Institute for the Study of International Development McGill University. She has been facilitating the KAIROS Blanket Exercise for over two years now and enjoys bringing this teaching to high schools and colleges as well as community organizations. Tealey participates in Traditional ceremonies, Sweat Lodge ceremonies and has been a Fire keeper for sacred fire for the past 9 years. A few of her interests include: Bee keeping, Native leather crafting, beading, sewing, drumming and singing traditional songs.
David Crane: bio to come
Su Tardif is a settler coming from French, British and Irish ancestry. She is a vulnerability advocate and co-founder of Solidarité Milton-Parc, a grassroots community sharing initiative that works in solidarity and reciprocity with marginalized and oppressed peoples in Milton-Parc. Along with many other people, she does this through sharing love and community resources, and works to construct honest and honouring relationships with people who have been marginalized.
Su is the coordinator of SMP’s educational initiatives, and is constantly learning and growing, while coordinating educational activities that aim to create and hold space to have critically important dialogues around our current systems of marginalization and oppression.
Su has established community partnerships with KAIROS Canada and LEARN Quebec to bring the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to as many schools, churches and community organizations as possible throughout Montreal and its surrounding area.
This KAIROS Blanket Exercise would not be possible without our developing collaborations between Blanket Exercise facilitators around Montreal, KAIROS Canada and the Association Récréative Milton-Parc (ARMP). We thank Tel-Aide for it’s financial support along with the Lester B. Pearson School Board and the English Montreal School Board for their donations to this exercise. Huge thanks to all who support our mission for our educational initiatives.
For more information, please contact Su at email@example.com