Meet Jenny Kay Dupuis, Consultant on Indigenous Issues, Educator, Researcher, 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 was recently awarded the 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 Indian 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.
Jenny will be attending the Ontario Library Association Super Conference on Feb. 2nd & 3rd signing books from 1 pm – 2 pm with Goodminds.com (Booth #121/123), & on Feb. 3rd from 11:30 am – 12 pm with Second Story Press (Booth #416).
Jenny will be the keynote speaker at this year’s District of Niagara District School Board 7th Written Word Festival on December 16th, 2016. The address will focus on Jenny Kay Dupuis’ experience co-writing the book, I Am Not a Number. Jenny will share her reflections on the writing journey of working with family/community to tell the story of her granny’s experience at a residential school. Secondary students will attend this session to explore writing strategies to share the truth, reconcile our past, and honour community voices.
Jenny published an article with Dr. Kristen Ferguson in the Spring 2016 journal, in education. The article was based on the research study, “Fostering Remembrance and Reconciliation through an Arts-Based Response” that focused on answering the question, “What are the significant learning outcomes for students and teachers of an arts-based reconciliation project about Canadian Indian Residential Schools?” The results of the study identified five key themes that can assist educators to use an arts-based planning model that honours, respects, and gives recognition to Canada’s Indian residential school survivors and their families. The article can be downloaded here.
On September 25th, 2016, Jenny shared background information about the book, I Am Not a Number alongside Kathy Kacer at The Word On The Street Toronto’s TD Children’s Literature Stage. “The Word On The Street is Canada’s largest book and magazine festival. Last year, 210,000 booklovers spent the day in the new location on Toronto’s waterfront, browsing the more than 260 book and magazine exhibits and enjoying the works of nearly 400 Canadian authors, presenters, and performers in 16 programmed venues” (The Word On The Street Toronto Book & Magazine Festival).
Jenny recently completed program evaluations for an Indigenous organization where she documented inspiring stories about community builders that are transforming grassroots programming.
On Friday, April 15th, 2016, Jenny presented at the Southwest Legal Aid Conference in London, Ontario about strategies for building inclusive networks in the workplace with an emphasis on responding to a changing society, supporting opportunities for Indigenous knowledge/leadership systems, employee engagement and development, and what reconciliation means today.
On Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, Jenny co-presented on a panel at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference during the session, “#We Have Diverse Books! Where to Find and How to Use Canadian’s Books that Reflect the Diversity of our Population”.