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Strategies for Fostering Resiliency with Indigenous Children

Day Two: The Saskatoon Educators' Conference

Presented by Monique Gray Smith

Tuesday, May 14, 2019  |  Saskatoon, sk

Workshop Description

This workshop will provide an in-depth look at the powerful effects of resiliency and strategies for fostering resiliency with Indigenous children. The 4 Blankets of Resiliency: Strong sense of self; family; community; culture, language and connection to the land will be used as a framework throughout the workshop.

Participants will gain a unique understanding of how history continues to impact Indigenous children, youth, families and communities. The effect of stress and trauma and why this may cause addictions, various behavioural disruptions and challenges in attachment will be discussed. Monique will examine the impact of these variables on student wellness and the connection to learning. 

Monique will explain unique techniques to weave the 4 Blankets of Resiliency into all aspects of programming to ensure these factors are part of every students learning experience. The ability to nurture and foster resiliency is one of the most profound ways to make a positive difference in student wellness and learning.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop a greater understanding of Aboriginal historical perspective and how our history continues to impact children, and families.
  2. Greater understanding of fostering resiliency in a cultural context.
  3. Exploring strategies for weaving culture into all elements of your programming or practice.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent and is the proud Mom of twins.  She is an award-winning author, speaker and sought-after consultant. Monique has been running her business, Little Drum Consulting since 1996. Her career has focused on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of the First Peoples in Canada. Monique’s first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature and her first children’s book, My Heart Fills with Happiness recently won the 2017 Christie Harris BC Book Award for Children’s Literature. Her latest release, Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation is currently being used across the country as a tool to educate the hearts and minds of both young and not so young readers. Monique has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 26 years and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.



“Monique has a kind, gentle and humble manner in which she presents herself while encouraging us to do what’s best for our children and families. Monique uses her traditional knowledge and wisdom to portray her message of hope and empowerment for First Nations people”
– Conference Participant Aboriginal Infant Development Programs of BC Provincial Conference | April 2008

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown

90 22 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3X6

phone:  (306) 244-2311

website:  hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/saskatchewan/hilton-garden-inn-saskatoon-downtown-YXESDGI/index.html

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 306.244.2311

$144.00 plus tax a night. Rates are for a king or two queen beds

Reservations can also be made online:

The group code is JHAI50

The group code is JACKHI.

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrolment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrolment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrolment $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 30, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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