Our Next Meeting

Monique Gray Smith:
Tilly, a Story of Hope and Resilience

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Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:45 pm

Place:  GVPL Central Branch
735 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC
* City Parkades, including the one under the library, are now free after 6 pm. *

Monique Gray Smith’s Tilly, a Story of Hope and Resilience (Sono Nis Press) received first prize in the 2014 Burt Literary Awards. Monique uses her traditional knowledge and wisdom to portray her message of hope and empowerment for First Nations people. Every year, the Burt Award provides thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada with access to culturally-relevant, engaging books.

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent and the proud Mom of eleven-year-old twins. She is an award winning author, international speaker and sought after consultant. Her career has focused on strengthening the understanding of historical trauma on Indigenous Children and families and fostering paradigm shifts that focus on the strength and resiliency of the First Peoples in Canada. She is well known for her warmth, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

One of the things I’ve come to believe most powerfully over the last few years is that words can be medicine. I know that what flows off my tongue has the power to either heal or harm and while at times I fail miserably, I have become more and more mindful of the words I use.

Monique is “inspired by people who listen to the whisperings of their soul. Those who follow their dreams, even when at first they have no idea how or what to do….It was beyond my wildest dream to even be shortlisted with authors like Thomas King, Bev Sellars and Cherie Dimaline. But to actually win, well that I had to surrender to. I know it might sound odd, but I had to surrender to the joy, the bliss, the acknowledgement, the praise…all of it.  I used to think of surrender in a different context, like having to surrender to a situation that I didn’t like or didn’t want, but I’ve come to realize that surrendering has so many connotations, including letting yourself be blanketed by joy and acknowledgement. This is a form of surrendering that I’m still getting used to and don’t always do it gracefully, but I’m working on it.”

Monique Gray Smith has her first Children’s Board Book coming out with Orca Books in Spring 2016.


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All members are encouraged to display their published works or related services around the room. Tables are supplied. 

VWS meetings are open and free to family, friends, and the general public. The evening includes refreshments. Please arrive a little early so we can all settle in comfortably. Speakers  begin promptly at 7 o’clock, and we must clear the library by nine sharp.

Please note our venue:
GVPL Central Branch
735 Broughton Street,
Victoria, BC