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Jennifer Dance

Jennifer Dance

Author and playwright, Jennifer Dance, is passionate about the environment, and justice and equality for all people. Believing that the first step toward reconciliation is understanding our shameful past, Jennifer's mandate is to educate the leaders of tomorrow with stories that hold their attention and stir their compassion. With two free Teachers' Guides added to her arsenal, Red Wolf, Paint and Hawk are being used in schools across Canada from Grades 5-12. She is available for school visits. 



Red Wolf. Dundurn, 2014
Paint. Dundurn, 2015
Hawk. Dundurn, 2016


Moonbeam Children's book Award for Red Wolf, 2014
Siver Birch Fiction-Regional Winner, Thunder Bay for Red Wolf , 2015
MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award (short list) for Red Wolf, 2016
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens for Red Wolf , 2014
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens for Paint, 2015
SONWA Winner for HAWK, 2017
Red Maple finalist in Forest of Reading for HAWK, 2017-2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

I give a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation followed by a 15-minute question period. Some of the topics covered are general to the writing process, whereas others are more title-specific, so can be adapted to the needs of the group. I cover elements of life for both wolves and Indigenous people before settlers arrived, and show how the stage was set for Colonialism, the Indian Act, the Residential School system and the elimination of the wolves. I include archival photographs of residential school children, and stunning photographs of wolves. I explain why I wrote this story, and why the subject touches me so deeply. I cover Truth and Reconciliation and what non-natives can do to help with reconciliation.

The Hawk presentation shows how the racism of the colonial past is still apparent today. I focus on my research trip to the oilsands and the First Nations community of Fort Chipewyan, downstream of the industry.

Throughout my presentations, I encourage children to stand up for justice and equality, and to be a voice for the voiceless, be it human, animal or environmental. I affirm that, as the leaders of tomorrow, they really can make a difference in the world.


Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Young Adult
5-6, 7-8, 9-12
Audience Size:
Any size