Peggy Shannon

Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24, 1984
Peggy Shannon

Peggy Shannon
  • From Massett on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).
  • Attended Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP).
  • Received her Bachelor of Education from UBC.
  • Professor at Capilano University.

 “My goal as an educator is to make people aware of a more positive lifestyle of the contemporary Native Indian, more positive than they now presume to be true. [My motivation] is the desire for a betterment of Native communities as a whole.” - Peggy Shannon

Peggy Shannon, a Haida woman from Massett, was deeply affected by her childhood experience at residential school and the culturally biased education she received. She rebelled, overcoming the limitations placed upon her and choosing to reinforce her identity, ambitions and self-worth. At 35, already a mother and grandmother, Shannon decided to further her education and attended the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP). She earned a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia. She dedicated her energy to improving education and building a vision of positive lifestyles for contemporary First Nations people, helping other First Nations students to continue their post-secondary education. Shannon acts as a mentor and served as a counsellor and adviser at Capilano College’s First Nations student support program for more than 15 years. She has encouraged many First Nations students, especially women, giving them a role model and helping them find a place of community even though they may be far from home.

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