Lakehead University

Jordyn PlayneJordyn Playne

Hi everyone! I’m excited to be entering my third year with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Infinite Reach program! I am really looking forward to working with the wonderful students here at Lakehead University to organize some great events, promote Métis culture on campus and in the community, as well as get to know some of the great youth we have up here. As the MNO Youth Council Region 7 Youth Representative, I can help to connect students with the entire Métis Nation and all of the other great opportunities that we have to offer throughout the province. I am currently in my final year at the university where I study under the faculty of Social Work. I am always happy to help and welcome you to contact me at

Benjamin RobitailleBenjamin Robitaille

Benjamin is a third year student in the Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry program at Lakehead University. Back for a second year as a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Infinite Reach Facilitator, Ben hopes to build on the successes of last year and engage more Métis students at Lakehead University through community and cultural events. As a former graduate of Confederation College, Ben also brings a wealth of knowledge about the college system to the team in Thunder Bay. When not in school or working, Ben likes to enjoy life’s simple pleasures like spending time at the cottage, hanging out with friends and family, and listening to the soulful ballads of Lauryn Hill.

Paul RobitaillePaul Robitaille

Paul is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Forestry at Lakehead University exploring methods of building collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples within Ontario’s natural resource sector. In his third year as a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Infinite Reach facilitator, Paul hopes to continue working with the great team in Thunder Bay to engage more Métis students through community and cultural events. Paul is also a former Youth Representative on the MNO Thunder Bay Métis Council and now serves as the Regional Youth Representative for Region 2 on the MNO Youth Council. Paul is also one of the Commissioners on the MNO Commission on Métis Rights & Self-Government. If you have any questions about the MNO, post-secondary opportunities, MNO programming, or want to get more involved in the MNO Thunder Bay Métis Community, don’t hesitate to contact Paul at! He is always happy to help.

Kayla TannerKayla Tanner

My name is Kayla Tanner and I’m in my fourth and final year in Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University. I transferred from a university in southern Manitoba, where I’m from, and have been attending Lakehead University for three years. This year I am writing my undergraduate thesis in the area of social services such as the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. I’ve been involved with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the Métis Youth of Thunder Bay for one year and I love meeting new people and engaging our Métis youth. My interests include drawing, painting, travel, participating in ceremony, and story-telling! Finally, I’ve recently taken up beading and leatherwork and am working towards perfecting my craft. Some of my goals for the upcoming year for MNO Infinite Reach include putting on events that are well attended by Métis youth who wish to learn more about their culture, and forming new friendships amongst peers to form a strong Métis youth network. If you ever need someone to talk to, or just need a beading buddy, I’m your gal! You can reach me anytime at

Updated on: October 21, 2016