Nipissing University

Austin Acton

Austin Acton is a proud member of the Abitibi-Temiscamingue community and the son of Métis Nation of Ontario Senator Christina Acton. Austin grew up in Kenogami, Ontario, and then attended post-secondary education in Toronto for 11 years, earning an Hon.B.Sc. as a Biochemical Specialist and then after several years of post-graduate work, a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Austin was also a Teaching assistant at York University and Contract Professor at Seneca College. After working as a lawyer in North Bay for several years, Austin rediscovered his love for teaching, at Canadore College teaching law several times. He will be beginning a Master of Education this fall at Nipissing University as well as working as a Research Assistant in Indigenous Identity and Wellness. As an Infinite Reach Facilitator I hope to be a reliable and accessible resource for Metis students in the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Education, to disseminate information and resources to students and related institutions, bring more Metis presence to the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and sharing information back and forth with other students about Indigenous Identity and Wellness as part of my M.Ed. research. I can best be reached by e-mail at or if necessary,

 Samantha Lavallee

Hi! I am Samantha Lavallée and I am a 3rd year university student at Nipissing University. I am in a very unique program where I am pursing two separate degrees at the same time. Those being, a Bachelor of Science: Honours Specialization Biology and a Bachelor of Commerce. I became an Infinite Reach Facilitator because of my time in the 2017 Métis Nation of Ontario Canoe Expedition. This experience truly did change me for the better as I fell in love with my culture and Mother Nature more than I ever imaged could be possible. I wish to use everything I have learned and continue to learn to make others fall in love with their ancestors and Métis culture in the same magical way that I did.

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Updated: Nov. 5, 2018