Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

by Monique Gray Smith

Hardcover, 2017




Orca Book Publishers (2017), Edition: Illustrated, 160 pages


"This nonfiction book examines how we can foster reconciliation with Indigenous people at individual, family, community and national levels"--

Media reviews

...includes messages of resilience from community leaders and elders and devotes an entire chapter to interviews with young people as they express how important it is for them to contribute to the healing of their communities. ... diverse voices that invite the world into the reconciliation
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experience. Absolutely necessary.
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LibraryThing member Lindsay_W
With Raven by her side, Monique Gray Smith takes students on a very personal journey of reconciliation. Guided by honesty, love and kindness, Gray Smith starts with the truth of Canada’s collective history. A history that, for Indigenous people, includes colonization, the Indian Act, residential
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schools and other attempts at cultural genocide. She addresses the intergenerational trauma experienced by seven generations of residential school survivors. She covers the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and gives advice on how students can take the first steps towards reconciliation by becoming an ally to Indigenous People. Gray Smith includes helpful links for further research, but it is the sharing of traditional Indigenous knowledge that leaves the reader feeling honoured to have been invited on the journey.
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LibraryThing member jennybeast
This is an important book -- it explains a lot of challenging concepts and explores the hard truths of North American history in a way that is accessible and understandable to young readers. It's also a kind, thoughtful, challenging roadmap of the work we need to do as a species to do better in the
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future. While it is written about Canadian residential schools, it definitely transfers to the US as well.
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160 p.; 9 inches


1459815831 / 9781459815834




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