Life is changing for Canada’s Anishnaabek Nation and for the wolf packs who share their territory.
Settlers are moving west across the Great Plains of North America. Told through the perspective of a mustang, this book is called "The Black Beauty of America!"
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
An Anti-Racism Program
adapted from Jennifer's Broadway-style stage show
Offered in the COVID-friendly medium of audio broadcast yet wrapped in the unique cultural experience of world-class theatre, this socially relevant program will more than fill your curriculum requirements for Black History month as well as provide a year-round tool in Social Studies, History, Music and Drama, Anti-racism Teaching, and Current Affairs. Most importantly it will inspire students to stand up for justice and equality.
Jennifer's life has demonstrated her passion for justice and racial equality. She has experienced first-hand where racism can lead.
"You may look at my photo and wonder what I could possibly know about racism. In 1966, when I was 17, I met a Black engineering student who would become my husband and the father of our three biracial children. Looking back, the racism we experienced made me more sensitive to the pain of others. It has driven my creativity."
Jennifer's musical, DANDELIONS IN THE WIND, inspired by her own tumultuous life has been staged in both England and Canada. She is currently working to bring it to schools as part of their anti-racism teaching.
The three books of her White Feather Collection - RED WOLF, PAINT and HAWK address the issue of racism, both past and present, against Indigenous people in North America. These novels are fiction, but they present the truth in a way that creates compassion and understanding, joining the dots between the colonial policies of the past and the rift of mistrust that still exists. They open the door to reconciliation.
In 2016, Jennifer was awarded the Ontario Achievement Award, for making a significant contribution through her writing and presentations in the schools and community. Jennifer was also honoured to be nominated as a Woman of Excellence in the J.S. Woodsworth Awards for Human Rights and Equity. And is the recipient of a prestigious Creative Writing grant from the Canada Council of the Arts.
These words, spoken by Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in 2015 compel us ALL to become involved with reconciliation. But as non-natives
how can we reconcile, or make something right, if we don’t know what’s wrong?
Jennifer believes that when armed with the history that has been hidden for generations, today's youth will stand up for justice and equality, and lead us to reconciliation.
Jennifer is available for a limited number of SCHOOL presentations
A warm welcome from William G. Davis Public School
Jennifer's books in the lesson plan
Students run an inter-school marketing campaign for HAWK. They placed third!
A well- worn school library book!
Grade 8 students script their own play and perform it complete with programs and scenery
On TV discussing Red Wolf with students, hosted by the Junior Economic Club of Canada.
Speaking at INSPIRE, the Toronto International Book Fair
JUDGE Jennifer with the finalists of the Young People's Short Story competition, sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women
Forest of Reading: the closest thing an author gets to being a rock star!
Forest of Reading: Harbourfront, Toronto
6,000 book-lovers in attendance at Toronto's Harbourfront.
Receiving the Ontario Achievement award from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario : The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell Queen's Park, 2016
At SilverCity Cinemas in Thunder Bay