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Feb 27, 2023

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The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI), a Métis-owned post-secondary and cultural institution based in Saskatoon with campuses across Saskatchewan, is proud to announce it will invest seven individuals into the Order of Gabriel Dumont at a special awards event on March 22, 2023, in Saskatoon.

The Order of Gabriel Dumont is one of the Métis Nation’s highest civilian honours. It is awarded by GDI to Métis and non-Métis individuals who have served or continue to serve the Métis of Canada with distinction. “This year, we are pleased to honour five recipients with an Order of Gabriel Dumont Gold Medal and two recipients with a Silver medal. The accomplishments of these individuals are remarkable and we are proud of their dedication to the Métis community,” said Tim Roussin, Chair, the GDI Board of Governors.

The Order of Gabriel Dumont Gold Medal recognizes a lifetime of outstanding service to the Métis of Canada. The Order of Gabriel Dumont Silver Medal honours those who have made significant contributions to the Métis. “Each of this year’s recipients are pillars in their community with a special focus on preserving, promoting, and revitalizing Métis culture in their own way,” said Lisa Bird-Wilson, Executive Director, GDI.

2023 Recipients

Margaret (Sophie) McDougall – Gold
Harriet and Edwin St. Pierre – Gold
Dale McAuley – Gold
Michael Relland – Gold
Margaret Harrison – Silver
Verna Demontigny – Silver

Since its inception in the 1980s, 98 individuals have been invested into the Order. Appointments are adjudicated by a selection committee, based on nominations from the public. The last investiture was held in March 2022, where two gold medals and one silver medal were awarded. For a list of past recipients and other information about the Order of Gabriel Dumont, please click here.

The investiture ceremony will be held in conjunction with GDI’s National Michif Speakers Gathering on March 22. The Michif gathering is by invitation only.

For full media release and recipient citations, please click here.

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