Jenny Kay Dupuis is a multi-award-winning Indigenous author, educator, and artist whose expertise supports the advancement of Indigenous education and the importance of relationship building today. Jenny Kay’s interest in her family’s past and her commitment to teaching about truth and Indigenous realities through literature drew her to co-write ‘I Am Not a Number’, her first children’s book about her granny’s experience at a residential school in Northern Ontario. Having grown up in Northern Ontario and as a proud member of Nipissing First Nation, she explores through her research various leadership, diversity, and care theory concepts to better understand how to support raising awareness when it comes to Indigenous realties in the fields of education, literature, and the arts.
Jenny Kay’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 Kay 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 organizational structures and initiatives forward.
Jenny Kay completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. She holds a Master of Education in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Visual Arts. She is also a certified teacher and learning strategist. Most recently, Jenny Kay was selected as an NBA Creator presented by Microsoft, a design-focused program that leverages the NBA and Microsoft’s platforms to share their commissioned art and stories throughout the 2021-22 NBA Season. A well-sought after public speaker, Jenny Kay makes Toronto, Ontario her home.