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Cambrian College (Sudbury)

 Courtney My name is Courtney Nagle, I’m in my second year at Cambrian College in the Social Service Worker Indigenous Specialization Program. I chose to apply to become the Infinite Reach Facilitator at Cambrian because I wished that I’d had someone in this position during my first year. I remember how overwhelming and lonely the first few months can be and I hope that by being in this position I can help new students feel a little more comfortable while they’re adjusting to the school environment. I’m so excited to meet new Métis folks and I’m looking forward to learning and growing with all of you. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want someone to talk to please don’t hesitate to contact me at c.nagle94@gmail.com. Miigwetch, Merci, and Thank you

Carleton University (Ottawa)

 jeff Aaniin! I'm Jeffrey Dusome and I study Industrial Design at Carleton University. I remember how much of a difficult transition it was for me to go from a small town to a big city and huge campus. I became an Infinite Reach Facilitator to help apply what I learned to help new students better adapt. This year, in conjunction with the Ottawa Region Métis Council and other post-secondary institutions in Ottawa, I plan to run a complete A-Z moccasin making workshop. If you are a Métis student going to Carleton University, please reach out to me at jeffreydusome@gmail.com. Hope to see you soon!

Lakehead University (Thunder Bay)

 Hope

Greetings, my name is Hope Bell and I am a third year law student at Lakehead University. I am happy to once again be a part of Infinite Reach. I am also the Youth Representative for the Thunder Bay Métis Council. Please feel free to reach out and or add yourself to the Métis Youth of Thunder Bay Facebook page to keep updated on Métis events happening at Lakehead and at Council. My email is hbell@lakeheadu.ca if you have any questions. Thank you. 

 Rachel

Hello, my name is Rachel Mckay and I am a Psychology student at Lakehead University in the Honours Bachelor of Art program. I became an Infinite Reach Facilitator because I want to increase awareness of Métis culture and provide a supportive environment for Métis students at the post-secondary level. My knowledge of Thunder Bay and Lakehead University will assist in helping students adjust to the environment, and as a facilitator this year I hope to be a useful resource to individuals. Feel free to contact me at rmmckay1@lakeheadu.ca.

 Tracy

Hello my name is Tracy Roy and I am a Compressed Nursing Student at Lakehead University. I became an Infinite Reach Facilitator because I wanted to learn more about the Métis culture. I wanted to help other students that were starting post-secondary education discover the different financial supports available to them. I found that when I looked for financial support there wasn’t a lot besides OSAP. I was fortunate to learn about the MNO and some of the opportunities they have for Métis students. There are also many other bursaries and sponsorships available through the University itself. It isn’t easy to access these supports, so I hope by being a Facilitator I would help other students find financial support. There is also many other areas that Lakehead University can provide support with and so I would like to share that information with future students.

This year as a Facilitator I hope to meet new students and provide them with the support they require. It can be nerve racking to start a new school and be unsure of what to expect. I hope that I can relieve some anxieties by sharing what I have experienced and other student’s experiences at the University. What I accomplish will be based on the needs of the future students of Lakehead University. You can reach me via email at: tmroy1@lakeheadu.ca

Nipissing University (North Bay)

 Austin

Welcome, and I hope you feel that way. I'm Austin, and a Master of Education student at Nipissing University. I study and do research with the Chair in Indigenous Education, with a focus on Indigenous post-secondary student identity, health, and wellness. I also teach Aboriginal Law here and there from time to time. I have office space in R229 so you can feel free to drop by for a coffee, tea, and/or chat any time. I became an Infinite Reach Facilitator for two reasons. Less importantly, I have been an MNO employee, Chair of the local Community Council, and a Harvester, so perhaps I have some knowledge to share if you are "Métis curious." Primarily though, this is my 13th year of post-secondary education, and I have struggled with both self-identification issues and mental health challenges, so, now that I am well trained in handling both, maybe I can lend a helping hand to others who may not know exactly where to ask for advice in a safe environment. Email: awacton229@community.nipissingu.ca

 Sam

My name is Samantha Lavallée and I am an Infinite Reach Facilitator at Nipissing University. I enjoy doing yoga, canoeing, and going on outdoor adventures. I began my involvement with the Métis Nation of Ontario in the summer of 2017 as a participant in the 2017 Canoe Expedition. From there, I went on to become an SYP Facilitator for the summer of 2018 and 2019. My passion for being Métis lead me to volunteer as an Infinite Reach Facilitator at Nipissing University for the 2018-2019 and now 2019-2020 school years. I also volunteer as a Youth Mobilization Lead for the Infinite Potentials Program developed by the MNOYC. Through volunteering with the MNO and getting involved, I was able to be a participant for the 2019 Ways of Knowing Symposium that predominantly focused on how to ethically attain Métis knowledge from communities by Métis and non-Métis researchers. I look forward to continuing to connect to the land and my culture, while expanding my knowledge and sharing that knowledge with other Métis students on my campus. You can reach me via email at: sklavallee575@community.nipissingu.ca

Queen's University (Kingston)

 Emma

My name is Emma Sparks and I am currently in my third year at Queen’s University majoring in Life Science with a minor in Health Studies. I am from a small town in southern Ontario and only started embracing my Métis culture within the last couple of years. I decided to become an Infinite Reach Facilitator because I wanted to be a source of support for fellow Métis students. Being away from home brings new challenges for students new and old, as such I hope that having somebody to relate to will ease that transition.

As an Infinite Reach Facilitator, I hope to encourage a sense of belonging at Queen’s and spread awareness of Métis issues. I want to continue to learn and encourage students to be proud of their culture. I am very excited for the year ahead and if anyone should want to contact me to talk about a problem or just to chat email at 16eres@queensu.ca or emmaresparks@gmail.com.

Trent University (Durham Campus)

 Lindsay

My name is Lindsay Gammon and I am a fourth year Philosophy student at Trent University. I became an Infinite Reach Facilitator as a way to learn from the MNO and my fellow students on how to efficiently advocate for Indigenous and specifically Métis issues. As a returning Infinite Reach Facilitator I am happy to be part of this program again as what I have learned and the skills I acquired is invaluable. Through the past year I have become much more involved in Indigenous campus initiatives through the help of the Infinite Reach Program and I hope to learn more from other students to help me tackle these initiatives. lindsaygammon@trentu.ca

University of Ottawa

 Will

Hey there! My name's Will McLean. I'm in my 4th year of UOttawa's Psychology program. I decided to become an Infinite Reach Facilitator for a couple of reasons. First, because I'm passionate about my Métis culture and community. Second, because I love helping connect others with this passion. 

In this academic year, I hope to put together several well-attended events that invite first and second-year students into the community and help inform the larger Ottawa area about Métis history and current happenings! 

If you have any questions or want to reach out to me for any reason at all, I can be found at wmcle040@uottawa.ca!

University of Toronto

 Megan

Alo/Tawnshi, my name is Megan and I’m a Métis student at the University of Toronto. I’m currently in my fourth year of undergrad; I’m double majoring in socio-cultural anthropology and Indigenous studies. My favorite Métis activity is definitely jigging, but I also love beading, finger weaving & canoeing. I find that Infinite Reach is a great opportunity to build a sense of community among Métis students in what can be an overwhelmingly large school. This year I’m looking forward to meeting incoming students, connecting students to resources (including the MNO community) and hosting cultural/informative events throughout the year. Feel free to email me anytime at megan.southwell@mail.utoronto.ca.

Western University (London)

 Eli

Hi! My name is Elias Chappell, I’m currently studying Kinesiology at Western University; I also compete for Western as a member of the Varsity Swimming team. Having worked in the past as a mentor and coach, I became an Infinite Reach Facilitator because I love to help people develop themselves and succeed! As a Facilitator this academic year, I’m looking forward to connecting with some amazing people and helping create an awesome year at university! Please don’t hesitate to reach out or ask me anything—I can be contacted at my school email, echappe2@uwo.ca.

 Hannah

My name is Hannah Bazinet and I am entering my first year of my Master’s degree in Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario. I decided to become an Infinite Reach Facilitator because of my experience with the Infinite Reach March Break camp when I was in the twelfth grade. I had just recently discovered my Métis heritage and was very lost at how to fit it into my already established way of life. At the March Break camp, I met other students that had discovered their heritage later in life and/or had been raised in a European-Canadian household as well. Like me, they had faced some struggles when it came to identifying as a Métis student after having lived as a European-Canadian for their entire lives. Together, along with the other students that had been practicing the Métis traditions throughout their lives, we learned about Métis culture and values, and experienced a wonderful formation of pride for our newly discovered roots. For me, this was one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had to date, which is why I decided to become a Facilitator. I was Western’s Facilitator last year, and this year I hope to help at least one person who, like myself, is trying to find a way to fit their Métis heritage into the beautiful mosaic that is their life, and help connect them (and make them feel comfortable) with the indigenous resources on campus. In addition to this, I hope to encourage the addition of more Métis-centered culture events on campus and increase connections between Métis students here at Western. If you have any questions at all, or simply want to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me at hannah.bazinet@gmail.com

Humber College (Lakeshore)

 LBLORE Liam Blore is a proud Métis artist from Toronto who accompanies his sister, Alicia Blore, a prominent Métis fiddler, with guitar, spoons, and jigging. He is currently in his fourth year of the Creative Advertising program at Humber College (Lakeshore Campus). Liam became an Infinite Reach facilitator to help build a stronger and more connected Métis presence at Humber. You can reach him via email at liamblore1998@gmail.com.