Meet Jenny Kay Dupuis, Consultant on Indigenous Issues, Educator, Researcher, Keynote Speaker, and Artist
Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis was born in Northern Ontario and is a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, author, artist, and keynote speaker with over 15 years’ success advancing innovative programs, strategies and research initiatives across Canada focusing on topics pertaining to Indigenous issues, leadership and diversity, inclusion, and the importance of relationship building today.
Jenny’s efforts have also taken her around the world where she started out at a young age being selected to represent North America to help inform and draft a youth action plan which was adopted at the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System. Drawing on Indigenous and non-Indigenous educational, leadership, and engagement frameworks, Jenny is known for her dedication and exceptional knowledge where she has supported corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), as well as school districts, universities and colleges. She has supported these organizations to develop a deep understanding about Indigenous realities (historical/contemporary) while moving their initiatives forward.
Jenny’s interest in her family’s past and her commitment to teaching about truth and Indigenous realties through literature and the arts drew her to to co-write I Am Not a Number, her first children’s picture book about her granny’s experience at a residential school. Since its release in September 2016, the book has been on CBC Books bestsellers list for 35 weeks. The book was also one of the finalists for the 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards, which celebrates the best writing for young readers. I Am Not a Number is up for a several other awards this coming year.
Jenny was awarded the 2017 J.S. Woodsworth Individual Leadership Award for Human Rights and Equity. In 2013, Jenny also received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, which is presented to a Brandon University alumni, in recognition of their significant achievements in their profession and community service.
Jenny completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. She also holds a Master of Education in Special Education, and she is a certified teacher and learning strategist. She currently resides in Toronto.
AVAILABLE NOW! ORDER YOUR COPY September 2016 was the release date of Jenny’s first children’s book, ‘I Am Not A Number’ about her grandmother’s experience at one of Canada’s residential schools. The book is co-written with author Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland, and published by Second Story Press. (Books can be ordered from your favourite bookstore and online from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, and Indigo).
Updates will be coming soon that will include conversations with educators and librarians across the country about how they are using this book as a gateway to encourage young readers to unpack a story (“community memories”), think critically, and guide them to form their own opinions about critical, real-world issues.
As one of the 2018 Forest of Reading nominees, Jenny will be connecting virtually on April 6th from 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM. Find out what authors are coming to you virtually here.
Jenny will be sitting on a panel discussion focusing on Indigenous perspectives in educational publishing at the upcoming Association of Canadian Publishers Mid-Winter Meeting on January 30th.
Jenny will be signing copies of I Am Number at this year’s Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto, ON. Visit Goodminds.com Booth #534/536 from 11 AM – 12 PM.
Jenny is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association Spring Conference Many Voices, Many Stories on March 24th.
Jenny recently published an article in Write Magazine’s Fall 2017 issue focusing on the importance of authenticity in Indigenous children’s literature.
Since the release of I Am Not a Number, Jenny has visited many schools, including most recently, Rose Avenue Junior Public School (Toronto, ON). During her visits Jenny shares her reflections on the writing journey of working with family/community to tell the story of her granny’s experience at a residential school. Students also explore writing strategies to share the truth, reconcile our past, and honour community voices.