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Ruby Slipperjack (born 1952) is an Ojibwe writer and painter, and a member of the Eabametoong First Nation. She is the author of the Dear Canada book, These Are My Words, and a contributor to Hoping for Home and A Time for Giving.


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Slipperjack grew up in Ontario, where she spent many years on her father's trap line on Whitewater Lake, and learned traditional stories and crafts from her family, retaining much of the traditional religion and heritage of her people. She went to a residential school for several years, and finished high school in Thunder Bay.

Slipperjack successfully completed a B.A. (History) in 1988; a B.Ed in 1989; and a Master of Education in 1993. In 2005 she completed a Doctoral program at the University of Western Ontario. She is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Dear Canada[]

Selected Works[]

  • Honour the Sun (1987)
  • Silent Words (1992)
  • Weesquachak and the Lost Ones (1998)
  • Little Voice (2001)
  • Dog Tracks (2008)

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