Milton-Parc KAIROS Blanket Exercise – English Edition Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
3:15 pm – 7:00 pm (we may end earlier)
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 5th 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.
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 protected]
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. Tealey is the co-chair of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network’s Homelessness Working Committee.
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.
Marie-Helene Landry is a settler in what is currently called Canada, from French, British and Irish ancestry. She has worked with youth and families in difficulty as a Human Relations Agent in Montreal and is now a Caseworker running the Aboriginal Housing Program with her coworkers, at Chez Doris; a day shelter for women in Montreal. Through this Program, Marie and her coworkers advocate for Indigenous women (Inuit, Native and Metis) whether they are homeless or have acquired housing, by providing support, accompaniments and a variety of interventions as the needs arise.
Being given the opportunity to take part in facilitating a Blanket exercise with her peers, Marie feels privileged and honored. Marie continues to learn tremendously about Indigenous cultures, the Montreal homeless community and Canada’s history with regards to Indigenous people. Learning and sharing opportunities have contributed to Marie’s personal growth, in great part, by working and sharing not only with her clients, but with her peers Su, Tealey and David to whom she is eternally grateful.
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 set of grassroots community sharing and popular education initiatives that work 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 messing up, learning and growing, while continually 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 sits on the Homelessness Working Committee of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network (NETWORK). She is developing ongoing relationships and collaborations 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 participants from the last two exercises for their financial contributions that make this exercise possible. Huge thanks to all who support our mission for our educational initiatives.
For more information, please contact Su at [email protected]