Thursday, Apr 12 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Surf Lodge

with Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Monique Gray Smith, and Shelagh Rogers


Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the 94 Calls to Action, and the powerful conversation in IOTA17, we’re encouraging Gabriolans of all ages to read not one, but two books this year:

The Outside Circle, Patti LaBoucane-Benson (graphic novel) (12+, some swearing/violence).

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, Monique Gray Smith (non-fiction) (9+).

All ages will enjoy these books; they can be read with children or by young adults. Copies of both books are available at the Library, and through Page’s Bookstore.

Please join Patti and Monique for our Community Conversation, facilitated by Honorary Witness Shelagh Rogers. All ages are welcome. Let’s work together to create new and positive relationships between our community and our Indigenous hosts and neighbours.

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. She is an accomplished writer and speaker, and lives on Lekwungen territory in Victoria.

Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson is the Director of Research, Training and Communication at Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) in Edmonton. She has a phD in Human Ecology.



Monique and Patti will also be visiting Gabriola Elementary School on Friday, April 13.

Supported by: Friends of the Gabriola Library, Gabriola Island Branch—Vancouver Island Regional Library, Gabriola Museum & Heritage Society, From Truth to Reconciliation Committee, Page’s Bookstore & Marina.