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 email@example.com
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, counselor and outreach worker, her mandate is housing and follow up services. 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. She is a guest tutor/lecturer with the McGill faculty of Medicine, McGill School of Social work, and Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University and facilitator of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. She also holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the National Indigenous Survivor of Child Welfare Network and the Planning Committee for the National Gatherings. Tealey participates in Traditional ceremonies, Sweat Lodge ceremonies and have been a Fire keeper for sacred fire for the past 10 years.
David Crane is an Intervention Worker with the Native Women’s Shelter and the Cabot Square Project.
Stephanie Claude is a Settler Canadian originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She worked over 15 years as a guidance counsellor, first with adolescents in the context of Montreal high schools and then at the Y des femmes de Montréal (YWCA) with women who had recently immigrated to Montreal. Most recently, Stephanie returned to school to pursue a doctorate in Gender and Feminist Studies at the University of Ottawa. Greatly inspired by Paulette Regan’s seminal book, Unsettling the Settler, she is specifically interested in the role that Settler Canadians need to play in disrupting national mythologies and in repairing Indigenous/Settler relations.
Stephanie is currently training to become a Blanket Exercise facilitator. She believes that the Blanket Exercise gives voice to stories that have been long been silenced, minimized and denied and she looks forward to helping bring to the truth of Canada’s colonial history to as many schools, churches, and community organizations as possible.
Stephanie currently lives in Montreal with her husband and three active and inquisitive boys.
su tardif is a settler in what is currently called Canada, 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 to build relationships with marginalized and oppressed peoples in Milton-Parc. Along with many other people, she does this through sharing love and community resources, using harm reduction, peer support and disability justice frameworks.
su coordinates SMP’s educational initiatives, and is constantly learning and growing, while creating experimental spaces for relationship building, that aim to create and hold space to have critically important dialogues around our current systems of marginalization and oppression.
su is developing ongoing relationships with local Indigenous facilitators and KAIROS Canada 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 the Lester B. Pearson School Board and the English Montreal School Board for their donations to this exercise (via honourarium for exercises done at their schools). We would also like to thank Kit Racette for here encouragement and support. Huge thanks to all who support our mission for our educational initiatives.
For more information, please contact Su at firstname.lastname@example.org