Book launch includes skit

Monique Gray Smith, a local Aboriginal author, is celebrating the publication of her first book, Hope, Faith & Empathy.

Local Aboriginal author focuses on strength and resiliency of Aboriginal people in new book Hope, Faith & Empathy.

Monique Gray Smith, a local Aboriginal author, is celebrating the publication of her first book, Hope, Faith & Empathy.

The novel is the story of Tilly, a young Indigenous woman growing up in Canada, and the people who help shape her life, survival and her irrepressible spirit. Together, they portray a unique perspective of the history of the First Peoples in Canada including the Sixties Scoop, Indigenous adoption, Indian Day Schools, Residential Schools and tuberculosis hospitals.

Woven throughout the book are thought provoking teachings, humour and wisdom that reflect the strength and resiliency of the First Peoples of Canada. Gray Smith’s inspiration comes from her own personal journey and more than 20 years of working with Aboriginal people across Canada and internationally. Gray Smith is a sought after consultant and international speaker.

Meet the author at the book launch on Friday, June 22 at Na’tsa’maht (The Gathering Place) at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus.

The evening will include Elder Butch Dick from Lekwungen Nation sharing a Welcome to the Territory and Art Napoleon as host.

One of the chapters of the book will be acted out by emerging young Okanagan actors, Madeline and Kelly Terbasket. There will also be readings, door prizes and dessert.

Go to littledrum.com for more information.

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