award winning author, international speaker & consultant
Recent Book Releases
Speaking Our Truth
A Journey of Reconciliation
Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the Residential School system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families.
Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.
You Hold Me Up
Illustrated by Danielle Daniel and Published by Orca Books.
This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.
Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.
“A story of triumph and generosity of spirit in every way. As I read, Tilly became my friend.
― Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC’s The Next Chapter
I would follow her anywhere.”
The Love Is Medicine Podcast
Love is Medicine shares stories and teachings that can transform our lives and how we see the world. The host, Monique Gray Smith is an Indigenous woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She is an award winning author, and an international speaker whose words and stories will open you up to new worlds.
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“Gray Smith intricately pieces together stories, traditional teachings and hard-earned personal wisdom, creating a hand-stitched quilt you can’t help but wrap yourself in - a quilt filled with optimism and the assurance that no matter how lost we are, hope, love and guidance surround us at every turn.”― Christy Jordan-Fenton, author of Fatty Legs and A Stranger at Home
Monique believes in the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples worldwide.
In 1992, Monique was a year and half sober and a client in an Indigenous treatment centre when she received her traditional name in a Lakota ceremony called Yuweepi.
The first sound we hear as babies in utero is the heartbeat of our mother, which is the same as the double beat of a traditional Native drum.