A BLOG in MEMORY of the 215 CHILDREN and many more across Canada
Best-selling and Award-winning Canadian author and playwright Jennifer Dance has a passion for racial justice and equality.
Her Civil Rights era musical, DANDELIONS IN THE WIND, addresses black-white racism and is based in part on her own life story.
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.
These words spoken by Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 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?
Armed with the truth, Jennifer believes that today's youth will stand up for justice and equality, and lead us to reconciliation.
Jennifer Dance was awarded the 2016 Ontario Senior 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.
During Black History month of 2017, Jennifer was thrilled to bring her civil rights era musical to the Toronto Stage. It is her dream to see DANDELIONS IN THE WIND used across Canada as part of school teaching on anti-racism.
I was grateful for Red Wolf today as I listened to my son, aged15, explain to his younger siblings about residential schools. He read that book so many times and the respect and awareness he has is owed in so many ways to that book. I truly believe he will continue on this path of sharing knowledge in some way. Thank you
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
The closest thing an author gets to being a rock star!
On TV with students from the Junior Economic Club of Canada, discussing Red Wolf
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
Receiving the Ontario Achievement award from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,