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Resilience and the power of one | Monique Gray Smith | TEDxLangleyED

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Published on Mar 10, 2015

This talk will focus on the 4 Blankets of Resilience and the influence one person can have in fostering resilience. We will explore the importance of students ~ and all of us ~having at least one person in our life who believes in us, encourages us and invites us to be bigger than we think we can be. It doesn’t mean this person always likes our behaviour, but they love us and they see the gifts we’ve been blessed with. They help to raise us up. As a child or in our adult life, these people help create a sense of belonging and responsibility. I refer to these people as Cookie People and they come into our lives for a moment, a portion of our life or they may journey with us for years. Their impact is profound. At some point, if we are lucky, we become a Cookie Person to a child; which in turn helps support our own 4 Blankets of Resilience.

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent and is the proud Mom of 11 year old twins. She is an award winning author, international speaker and consultant. Her career has focused on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of the First Peoples in Canada. Her leadership in the field of Aboriginal Education led her to create a resource called The Ripple Effect of Resiliency: Strategies for Fostering Resiliency with Indigenous Children. Monique’s first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique is being touted as one of the up and coming Canadian authors to read. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. Monique has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 23 years.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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