Shannon Monk Payne

Shannon Monk Payne

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sunrise represents a new day in Indigenous awareness in Canada.  It represents new understandings and positive new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in order to create a better future for our next generations.

Shannon is the founder/CEO of Sakatay Global which provides cultural confidence training for those people who may be confused about Indigenous issues in Canada, and who want to be able to ask those “awkward questions” in a safe and comfortable learning environment. Sakatay is an Oji-Cree word meaning sunrise.

Sakatay is also the name of Shannon’s granddaughter.

Shannon’s academic accreditation includes a Professional Master of Public Administration with a focus on Indigenous Policy and Governance from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and Psychology, and a Bachelor of Education from Brandon University.

She is of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, and a member of St. Theresa Point First Nation, an Oji-Cree fly-in community in Northern Manitoba.

Throughout her career, Shannon presented at many provincial, national and international conferences, and partnered with many and varied Canadian government entities, community agencies and First Nations governments and organizations at local, provincial, territorial, and national levels to develop projects to improve quality of life for First Nations people.  As a contributor to, and facilitator of the Kairos Blanket Exercise, she helps create awareness to achieve that goal. Most recently, she collaborated with organizations including: Three Things Consulting (Pytor Hodgson), Canada C3, Walking the Red Road (Bernard and Tammy Nelson),  Assembly of First Nations, Teach For Canada, Kairos, Rideau Hall Foundation, Pathways to Education Canada, Queen’s University, Community Foundation for Kingston and Area, City of Kingston, Mark Gerretsen (MP for Kingston and the Islands), Peace Quest, St Lawrence College, University of Ottawa and Okwaho International, amongst many others.

But don’t get us wrong. Shannon isn’t all work and no play. On her downtime, she’s a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction. She loves drumming, and attending cultural events like plays, musicals, drum circles and powwows. She does all this, and still finds time for a little roller derby…which she took up after turning 50!

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