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  • Location: Native American Territories (America, Canada)

You Hold Me Up

You Hold Me Up

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  • ISBN: 978-1459821750
  • Translator: Mary Cardinal Collins
  • Genre: Childrens, Indigenous writing

What you need to know before your trail

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their every-day actions.Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Upto prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

Travel Guide

Canada’s First Nations (c) CBC

Canada’s First Nations (c) CBC

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent.

In 1992, Monique received her traditional name in a Lakota ceremony called Yuweepi.

The name she was gifted is Mistikwaskihkos, which when translated from the Cree language to English means Little Drum. When the Medicine Man gave her this name, she told me that the name goes back nine generations on her father’s side and seven generations on her mother’s side. He also explained that Monique was given the name Little Drum because one of the gifts she’s been blessed with is the ability to remind people of their heartbeats.

Booktrail Boarding Pass: You Hold Me Up

Destination :  Native American Territories (America, Canada)  Author/Guide: Monique Gray Smith

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