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Blog: Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Monique Gray Smith to Speak at Aboriginal Education Conference

October 19, 2018

Author: Monique Gray Smith speaks at the Aboriginal Education Conference

A Journey of Reconciliation

“All Canadians are called to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, but it is educators who have a particular responsibility.  In Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith invites educators to follow her on a journey to understand the impacts of colonialism and the Residential School system for Indigenous peoples.”  (Dr. Michelle Hogue for EdCanNetwork).

See her interview with Orca Books here.

Perfect for Middle School

“Smith invites young adult readers on a journey of discovery regarding truth and reconciliation about residential schools. Organized into four broad categories such as a welcome to the issues; honesty - where we have come from; love - where do we stand today; kindness and reciprocity -  where do we go from here, this book guides students toward understanding by employing critical thinking and taking action.  The book presents an effective background to the history of residential schools and government policies regarding First Nations. Through the use of second-person text, the author directs her account using images with helpful captions, glossary of terms, and reflection questions to encourage critical thinking. Despite the impact of truthful stories and hard-hitting facts the next chapters offer practical classroom activities as well as individual suggestions for taking action. The book offers a glossary of terms, information about terminology, list of residential schools by province, online and print resources and an in-depth index” (

A class set and teacher’s guide is available at Abbotsford School District Ray and Millie Sliver Community Aboriginal Library.

Check out the library’s collection on Reconciliation for more resources.