Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis has had the privilege of speaking around the world at conferences and forums as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, and panel presenter. Jenny is available to present and share her personal and industry experiences to public and educational institutions, corporations, professional associations, and organizations. Jenny is able to speak on a wide range of topics in the areas of urban Indigenous education, curriculum connections and engagement; organizational development and leadership; diversity and inclusion; and, building cultural competent organizations. Using a storytelling approach, Jenny weaves her own personal stories of the impact of being caught at the crossroad and the legacy of the Indian Act with her current work (moving forward) on Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership models, as well as connections to aspects of Indigenous identity, cultural safety, equity and opportunity, resiliency, reconciliation (truth telling and justice), and the power of education today. Jenny aims to motivate others to become agents of change and leave ‘footprints’ for the next generation.

Consulting and Advisory Services

Jenny has extensive experience supporting clients who strive to deliver quality programming in the areas of education and student success, organizational development and leadership, employment & training, youth engagement, society & culture, policy, and governance. Jenny uses Indigenous and non-Indigenous research methods and protocols to guide the research and program development process by gathering information; engaging, listening to, and preserving the data and voices of all stakeholders; interpreting the results; in addition to identifying new and updated policies, strategies, frameworks, and/or processes. The results offer public and educational institutions, corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), professional associations, and others the opportunity to build understanding, minimize risk, create opportunity, and optimize performance.

Areas of specialization:  Policy development, program reviews, needs assessments, consultations, strategic planning, case study research, curriculum development, and other advisory services

Spotlight on Completed Research Initiatives

Reconciliation in Schools

Fostering Remembrance and Reconciliation through an Arts-Based Response (2015). The results of this study shows how an urban high school in Ontario showcased an original, student-written stage play that portrayed the legacy of the Indian residential schools in Canada. From the data that was obtained from focus groups, the researchers identified a new arts-based education model that includes four ways the project had impact. The article can downloaded hereDr. Jenny Kay Dupuis completed the study in collaboration with Dr. Kristen Ferguson

Urban Aboriginal Education

Supporting Urban Aboriginal Social Justice in Education:  A Case Study of the Educational Leader’s Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships as Care Providers (2012). The qualitative study explored an ethic of care and sought to understand the leadership models in place that guide the decision-making processes to identify how the caregivers recognize and address issues that target social justice in terms of not just academics and culture, but also social and economic issues at the school level. Through the distribution of results, this study will provide educators and organizations focused on advancing Aboriginal education in urban communities with an opportunity to initiate meaningful conversations and thoughtful planning with regard to the needs and future implications for the direction of urban Aboriginal education programming models and future research initiatives.

Aboriginal Children's Health and Well-being

Building Community Pathways: Aboriginal Children’s Mental Health Project (2010). Through the Aboriginal Children’s Mental Health Project, 102 interviews among 58 community service agencies and professionals were conducted to understand the needs of the urban Aboriginal community. One of the outcomes of this study was a recommendation that a coordinated continuum mental health care model that is fully supported by an Aboriginal Patient Navigator be developed for Aboriginal children (ages 0-6) and their families and/or caregivers. Implementation of this service delivery model would benefit the Aboriginal community by (1) providing a culturally sensitive framework for service delivery; (2) engaging Aboriginal and mainstream service providers to meet the individual needs of Aboriginal children and their families and/or caregivers; and, (3) improving communication between all community stakeholders. The article can be downloaded here.

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is an experienced professional who is committed to bringing you the best in consulting, research, strategic planning, and presentation solutions.

Whether your needs range from policy review, to program evaluation, to securing a speaker about Indigenous issues for your next conference, Jenny is available to assist you to help meet your goals.