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Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said, “Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem, it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us”. But as non-natives, we can’t reconcile, or make something right, if we don’t know what’s wrong.
Receiving the 2016 Ontario Senior Achievement Award from the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell - Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, representative for Her Majesty The Queen of Canada -
for making a significant contribution to the community
Jennifer was also honoured to be nominated as a Woman of Excellence in the J.S. Woodsworth Awards for Human Rights and Equity.
Award-winning Canadian author and playwright Jennifer Dance has a passion for justice and equality.
The three books of her White Feather Collection address the issue of racism against Indigenous people in Canada. Whereas the musical, Dandelions in the Wind confronts black-white racism. Her mandate is to increase understanding and empathy in those who are the leaders of tomorrow.
Learning the truth is the first step toward reconciliation. My novels are fiction, but they present the truth to young people in a way that creates compassion and understanding. I believe that today’s youth, with their innate sense of fairness, will lead us into reconciliation. I hope my books will help, by inspiring them to stand up for justice, equality, and the environment, and to make the world a better place.
AWARDS and NOMINATIONS for PAINT
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Silver Birch Finalist 2016
An important book, that should be read by everybody.... a book that manages to portray our history with a horse as the main character. The concept is amazing, and the execution of that concept is masterful. As a story about a horse, this is a great book, but there is so much more, and the book goes so much deeper, that it becomes a history lesson and a commentary on what we did (do) to the land and the people on it. Pure genius.
--Katarina Ortmann - Amazon.ca 5 stars.
WINDS OF CHANGE ARE SWEEPING ACROSS THE GREAT PLAINS OF NORTH AMERICA
It’s the late 1800s. A Lakota boy finds an orphaned mustang foal and brings her back to his family’s camp. Naming her Paint for her black-and-white markings, boy and horse soon become inseparable. Together they learn to hunt buffalo, their fear of the massive beasts tempered by a growing trust in each other. When the U.S. Cavalry attacks the camp, the pair is forced onto separate paths. Paint’s fate becomes entwined with that of settlers who bring irreversible change to the grassland, setting the stage for environmental disaster. Bought and sold several times, Paint finally finds a home with English pioneers on the Canadian Prairie. With a great dust storm looming on the horizon, man and horse will again need to work together if they hope to survive.
When a First Nations teen rescues a fish-hawk from a tailings pond in Alberta’s oil sands,
he has no idea that soon they will both be fighting for their lives.
Adam is a cross-country runner who aims to win gold in the upcoming provincial championship. But suddenly he finds himself in a different race, one that he can’t afford to lose. The animals that share his childhood home are in a race against time, too, their forest and muskeg habitat vanishing, their lives hanging in the balance. Taking back the name Hawk, given to him by his grandfather, the teen longs to stand up for the voiceless creatures that share his world. With a little help from his grandfather and his friends, he might just succeed.
If he survives long enough to do it.
Winner of Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA, 2016)
“Captures the human relationship with the natural world and has lasting, universal appeal ”
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Photo: Bill Warren
Life is changing for the Anishnaabek Nation and for the wolf packs that share their territory.
In the late 1800s, both wolves and Native people are being forced from the land. Starving and lonely, an orphaned timber wolf is befriended by a boy named Red Wolf. But under the Indian Act, Red Wolf is forced to attend residential school far from the life he knows. And the wolf is alone once more. Courage, love and fate reunite the pair, and they embark on a perilous journey home. But with winter closing in, will they survive, and if they do, what will they find?
What educators are saying about the Teacher's Guide
Fantastic! - Wow! - Excellent resource! - Brilliant ideas, well executed. - A great educational tool for promoting the reconciliation process. - The questions, links, discussion topics and activities will catapult both teacher and student learning to places necessary for authentic understanding of such horrific and systemic abuses.
Students from Brookside PS - TDSB "marketing" HAWK
Jennifer Dance is to be congratulated on this courageous, radical novel. 4 out of 4 stars.
— Canadian Materials Magazine
Red Wolf - Number One Best seller on Amazon.ca !
This book should be placed in every classroom in Canada.
It is informative of our cultural way of life, and respectful of all creation.
- Chief Arnold General,
Six Nations Reserve
Grade 8 Students performed a play they had adapted from Red Wolf, complete with program and gym decorations!
Jennifer Dance - in the schools and community
Red Maple Finalist 2018
With RED WOLF, Jennifer Dance has come howling out of the wilderness... and I'm deeply impressed.
-Joseph Boyden, Giller Prize winner
Jennifer is available for presentations at SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, and TEACHER CONFERENCES.
She will also talk at CHURCHES where congregations are beginning to come to terms with the part that was played by their denominations.
For help with funding in Ontario schools check out the Writer's in the Schools program at www.writersunion.ca.
For help with funding readings in libraries across the country check out the National Public Reading program at www.writersunion.ca
On TV with Rhiannon Traill and students of the Junior Economic Club of Canada , discussing Red Wolf and Indigenous issues
While Hawk is a work of fiction, it is a true portrayal of real-life issues for too many Aboriginal communities in Canada. It is also, importantly, an indictment of our country ... I am very familiar with this region, living and practicing family medicine here since 1993. Hawk paints a picture of the harsh realities of life suffered by Aboriginal residents that call this area home. The conflicts and struggles created and perpetuated by the oil-sands industry are laid bare very accurately. The stark daily decision of having to choose between preserving life and way-of-life (home and culture) versus accepting Big Oil, with its impact on health and environment, is our reality and our nightmare. The tapestry Jennifer has woven is a brilliant representation of the ongoing tragedy in Northern Alberta today. It’s a story that young people need to hear, and it gives me hope!
— Dr. John O'Connor, Fort McKay, Alberta