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The Ripple Effect of Resilience

Launching June 21, 2020!


Through the course, you will add to the bundle of gifts and knowledge that you carry in your work with Indigenous children, youth and families.

Woven into the 6 modules, Monique will share her personal journey, offer readings from her various books and together you will build a practice of hope and resilience. 

This self-led course is for you if:

  • You work with Indigenous children, youth and families.
  • You want to develop your understanding of colonialism and how it impacts you and the people you work with.
  • You want to start or deepen a journey of decolonizing in a gentle and inspiring way.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Recognize & identify how stress & trauma impact the wellness of those we work with and why we may see various behavioural disruptions and challenges in attachment, attention, and attunement. We will also explore tips for supporting these individuals.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the truth. This includes increasing your awareness of federal, provincial and territorial legislation and policies that have and continue to impact Indigenous people and the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
  • Describe the historical role and importance of love and joy as it pertains to the raising up of children and working with Indigenous children, youth and families.
  • Explore what Reconciliation means to you by developing your own personal definition, and identify action steps to weave the definition into your life. 
  • Be introduced to the Cultural Resilience Model Monique has created, the 4 Blankets of Resilience: Strong Sense of Self, Family, Community, Culture and Language. This will include choosing one of the Blankets to weave into your everyday ways of being, learning and doing.
The course will also give you access to the e-book The Ripple Effect of Resiliency: Strategies for Fostering Resilience with Indigenous Children and Families - to support you throughout the course and after as well.


Looking forward to this journey with you! 

Meet your teacher - Monique Gray Smith

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Monique Gray Smith is a proud mom of twins, an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant. Monique’s first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature.

Since then, Monique has had 5 books come out, including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Speaking our Truth has won numerous awards, is a a Canadian Best Seller and a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

It continues to be used across the country as a tool to educate the hearts and minds of both young and not so young readers. Monique’s latest release, Tilly and the Crazy Eights is an adult novel about an epic road trip that reminds the reader of the power of the human spirit and that love is medicine.
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Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 29 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

The 10 Critical Lessons About Never Giving You Up

Lesson One:
The Ripple Effect of Resilience


Lesson Two: Trauma

Lesson Three: History

Lesson Four: Reconciliation

Lesson Five:
The Four Blankets of Resilience


Lesson Six: Closing