Changemakers series welcomes Monique Gray Smith Apr. 14
Join Royal Roads President Philip Steenkamp Thursday, Apr. 14 at 7 p.m. PDT as he hosts our Changemakers Speakers Series featuring Monique Gray Smith, bestselling and award-winning author, speaker and storyteller, and member of the RRU Board of Governors.
Her first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Canadian Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Woven into all of Monique’s writing, speaking engagements and online courses is the teaching that “Love is Medicine”. Monique is Cree, Lakota and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.
She is currently writing the young adult adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, with a November 2022 release date. Also coming out in Fall 2022 is a picture book, I Hope with Orca Book Publishers. She is an appointed member of the Minister’s Advisory Council for Indigenous Women for the Government of BC and an elected board member for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. In 2019 Monique received the Victoria Leadership Award for Reconciliation.