Deep Métis Roots

Deep Métis Roots
Justine Chalykoff - Region 4

When Justine Chalykoff pictures her future, it is always with homage to her deep Métis roots. The 22-year-old Sault Ste. Marie resident aspires to work in the film industry one day and specifically on productions that reclaim and accurately portray Aboriginal peoples and their lives. Strongly connected to her environment, Justine applied to the MNO for funding in order to pursue an Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician program at Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology and was approved. She completed the two-year course but wanted to further her education in order to broaden the possibilities she hoped to pursue and with that in mind, Justine enrolled in a General Arts and Science program at Sault College. Ever mindful of her goal to work in film, Justine enrolled in an evening Anishnaabe course in order to learn the generations-old Aboriginal dialect. During her time at school, Justine was employed as an ambassador to students at the college, where she acted as a mentor and advocate for the student body and also sat on the Native Student Council as a cultural coordinator, assisting in events to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contribution of Aboriginal peoples to the surrounding community. As she works towards a career in film, the many accomplishments of this young Métis woman are worthy of recognition.