Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning author, storyteller, community-builder, and consultant of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish ancestry. She is renowned for her work on reconciliation and resilience. Monique Gray Smith is the author of books for children, youth and adults. Recent work includes “Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation,” a book for youth that explores what Indigenous people have suffered as a result of the ongoing impact of residential schools and shows how each of us has a role in reconciliation. Her board book, “My Heart Fills With Happiness”, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize in 2017. “You Hold Me Up” is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our youngest citizens.
Monique Gray Smith will be on the Sunshine Coast on April 5 and 6 to visit schools and conduct a workshop for teachers. The community is invited to a public event on Friday, April 6 at 7pm at Chatelech Secondary School, where the Victoria-based writer will share her work and have an onstage conversation with Catherine Leach, executive director of the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society. Admission to this event is by donation and has been made possible through the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast), the Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition and the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society.
For more information, please contact Jane Davidson, Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, at 604-885-9631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.