Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

by Monique Gray Smith


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459815834
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,230,923
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.littledrum.com.

Table of Contents

1 Welcome to the Journey 9

Why Do We Need This Journey? 11

Preparing for the Journey 14

Monique's Journey 16

Powerful Medicine 19

The Seven Sacred Teachings 22

2 Honesty: Where Have We Come From? 27

Knowing the Truth 28

Pre-Contact 30

The Historical Journey 33

The Residential Schools 41

The Children Who Never Came Home 62

Effects on Families 63

Métis Children 68

Inuit Children 69

Ripple Effect 70

Speaking Out 76

3 Love: Where Do We Stand Today? 79

What Does Reconciliation Mean? 81

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement 85

Apology 87

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission 88

The National TRC Events 92

Honourary Witnesses 94

Calls to Action 96

Walk for Reconciliation 97

Barriers to Justice 97

In the End… or Perhaps the Beginning 98

Love 99

4 Kindness and Reciprocity: Where Do We Go From Here? 101

Building Bridges 104

Talking Reconciliation 110

Being an Ally 118

What Can You Do? 120

Messages to Inspire You on Your Journey 126

Reconciliation Projects and Initiatives 126

Until Our Paths Cross Again 134

Acknowledgments 139

Online Resources 141

Reading List 142

Glossary 144

List of Residential Schools 147

Index 151

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