Jan Bourdeau Waboose - Author


Jan Bourdeau Waboose is a Nishnawbe Ojibway from Northern Ontario who based SkySisters on her own childhood experiences and her relationship with her older sister. #In her writing, she tries to convey the Indigenous life she sees in her family, friends and community – a larger, fuller picture than the stereotypes prevalent in North American society, she says.#In the late 1960s, Jan began a long-term relationship with the Indian Bands of Ontario, working with them for ten years and eventually heading their child welfare program. Her interest in writing developed in tandem with this organizational work. She has written for many Indigenous magazines and newspapers on issues connected with child welfare. She has also tried to correct inaccurate media portrayals of Indigenous people and Indigenous life. And she has written personal material – stories and poems – which now, increasingly, are being published.


  • SkySisters

    2005 - First Nation Communities Read, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Commended

    2001 - CCBC Choices 2001, Canadian Library Association, Winner

    2001 - Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Commended

    2000 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, , Commended

    2000 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, , Winner

  • Morning on the Lake

    1999 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Winner

    1999 - Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award, American Bookseller, Winner

    1998 - Pick of the Lists, , Commended

    1997 - Mr. Christie’s Book Award, , Commended

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