Jacqueline Guest. (b.

1952)
Jacqueline is a Metis writer who lives at Bragg Creek in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta. She is a descendant of the Tourond family from Tourond’s Coulée, Saskatchewan, a family which was active in Riel’s Resistance of 1869-70 and the 1885 Northwest Resistance. Her children’s books are unique in that many of the main characters come from different ethnic backgrounds including First Nations, Inuit or Metis. Her well-drawn characters face issues common to every child such as bullying, blended families and physical challenges and are strong role models for today's youth. Jacqueline's historical novels for young readers' present Canada's vibrant past as an exciting read every child will enjoy. Her young adult mysteries address teenage problems in a sensitive way while still providing a great page-turner. Jacqueline's interactive presentations appeal to students in all grade levels and are of interest as they incorporate her own background as she shows how the Metis people are a strong part of the fabric of Canada's history. In addition, she also teaches writing how-to's and encourages children to follow their own literary dreams. Jacqueline has participated in Mamawenig, the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Gathering, where she helped shape the direction of Native literacy for the province of Saskatchewan. In addition, she has performed pro-bono workshops at the Edmonton Young Offenders Centre, presented for the Cultural Diversity Institute, University of Calgary, and participated in Back to Batoche Days, the Hivernant Rendevoux and Fort Calgary's Metis Cultural Festival. Jacqueline has also presented at the Manitoba Association of Teachers of English, the Alberta Association of Library Technicians as well as numerous Writers' Conferences and workshops. Jacqueline has been nominated for a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the prestigious Esquao Award for outstanding achievement by an Aboriginal woman. Some of her published works are listed below: Wild Ride, Orca Publishers, 2005 Belle of Batoche, Orca Publishers, 2004 Racing Fear, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2004 At Risk, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2004 Soccer Star!, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2003 A Goal in Sight, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2002 Rink Rivals, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2001 Rookie Season, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2000 Lightning Rider, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2000 Free Throw, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 1999 Triple Threat, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 1999 Hat Trick, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 1997 Five of these titles have received the Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Award.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

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