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GDI Director Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Indigenous Education

By Lisa Wilson

Feb 21, 2019

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Karon Shmon is a recent recipient of a College of Education Wall of Honour award recognizing her significant contributions to Indigenous Initiatives. On Saturday January 19, 2019, the Gabriel Dumont Institute Director of Publishing was honoured in a ceremony by the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan.

Karon’s career in education is highlighted by her dedication to Indigenous teaching and learning, her community engagement and cultural leadership, and her drive to make education equitable for all. Karon has worked in the K-12 system as a classroom teacher and as an Indigenous education consultant. In the post-secondary system, Karon’s career includes Advisor for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and of course her current role as Director of GDI Publishing. In all of her work, Karon acknowledges the importance of her early foundational experiences as a classroom teacher. “The teacher hat is the one permanently welded to my head. It has served me well at all times because having a role in peoples’ growth and success never gets tired,” she said in her acceptance remarks.

Anyone who has the opportunity to talk with Karon will see her passion for the work she does at the Publishing Department. Karon refers to her work at GDI as her true calling. She considers it a privilege to work with Métis Elders, authors, artists, poets, performers, knowledge keepers, and community members, and to preserve their voices and legacy through publications and resources created through the Institute. Most recently, Karon led the work which resulted in the Métis volume of Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Atlas of Canada.

The College of Education Wall of Honour acknowledges the significant successes and contributions of outstanding alumni who have graduated from the College’s programs. The Wall of Honour is a feature wall on the main floor of the Education building and houses the names of all previous recipients. Since 2007 the College has honoured over 60 alumni, all of whom have exemplified the spirit of the mission, vison, and values of the University of Saskatchewan.

Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding achievements and innovation; commitment to excellence; community engagement and leadership; and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society.

Karon is a previous recipient of the Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Awards (Education) in recognition of her achievement and leadership in education, and for her contributions to the larger community. Congratulations Karon!

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