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Faculty of Education mourns passing of Dr. Karen Favell, former assistant professor and Indigenous education advocate

The University of Manitoba community is saddened to hear of the passing of faculty member Dr. Karen Favell on January 17, 2022. A member of the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation in northwestern Ontario, Dr. Favell was a passionate advocate of Indigenous education and was committed to making a difference in the lives of her students.

Joining the University of Manitoba faculty in 2017, initially as a lecturer, Dr. Favell continued her passionate advocacy for change through the indigenization of post-secondary education, both in research and in practice. In January 2021, upon completing her PhD in Education at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Favell was named an Assistant Professor.

“We extend our sincere condolences to Dr. Favell’s family. Her passing is a significant loss for the university, in particular the Indigenous community at the university,” says Dr. Catherine Cook, vice-president (Indigenous). “Dr. Favell’s accomplishments in teaching and research paved the way for future generations and will continue to inspire upcoming Indigenous educators.” 

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