Jenny Blackbird (Nehiyaw and Finnish-Canadian) is an old-style jingle dress dancer, hand drummer/singer, masters student at York and a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in fashion design. She works at University of Toronto at The Centre for Indigenous studies as coordinator for Ciimaan/Kahuwe’yá/Qajaq Indigenous Language Initiative program, as well as working with the Hart House Learning and Community program.
Jenny has been volunteering at Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) since 2008 as a community Auntie for the Giiwedin Anang council, which supports Indigenous families who are navigating through the child welfare system. Jenny also sits on the ALS community council diversion program, as advisory committee and council member.
Jenny is producer and co-host of the “Indigenous Waves” Radio show, on CIUT 89.5 FM at 6 PM Mondays, as well as producer and co-host of The Women’s Hour radio show, Saturday mornings 10 am on Radio Regent online radio.
Jenny has facilitated arts workshops in TDSB Schools, and has guest lectured at Ryerson school of social work, OISE, Indigenous studies and Faculty of Music at University of Toronto. She also worked at The Royal Ontario Museum as an Indigenous Knowledge Resource Teacher, conducting tours for student groups, as well as on-site outreach in the First People’s Gallery.
Jenny is the recipient of the 2016 “Culture Keeper Award” Minaake Award from Native Women’s Resource Center and A 2019 recipient of an IDERD award for the International Day for the Elimination of Racism at University of Toronto.