Queen's University

Breton BurkeBreton Burke

Hello! My name is Breton and I’m one the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Infinite Reach Facilitators for Queen’s University. During the summer of 2016, I worked with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Summer Youth Cultural Program in the Timmins area and had one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Although most of my family resides in Nova Scotia, I was born and raised in Red Lake—a small mining community in northwestern Ontario for the first 18 years of my life but my family has recently moved to Timmins. I am now completing my undergraduate degree in Life Sciences here at Queen’s University in Kingston and hope to someday study and practice medicine back in northern Ontario. Growing up in a small town has influenced me to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors; some of my favourite activities include: fishing, camping, canoeing and snowmobiling. I aim to be a role model to my two younger sisters and other youth in the community by coaching a U5 soccer team, tutoring in high schools and expressing the importance of education.

I hope to ease the transition from high school to university at Queen’s by establishing a Métis presence and giving fellow students a sense of who we are. I am very proud to be Métis, and I will continue to be an advocate for Métis identity and recognition for years to come.

All the best,


Katie PlanteKatie Plante

Hello! My name is Katie Plante and I’m excited to be an Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Infinite Reach Facilitator for the 2016-2017 academic year at Queen’s University (Queen’s). I am a third year letter of permission student at the Queen’s Faculty of Law. Prior to studying at Queen’s, I completed my two first years of my Juris Doctor at the Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick. This past summer I had the opportunity to work with the MNO as a Summer Youth Cultural Program Facilitator. It was an amazing opportunity as I was able to learn more about my Métis culture. I am very excited to be an MNO Infinite Reach Facilitator at Queen’s this upcoming year and look forward to meeting and connecting with other Métis students on campus and around the province. If you have any questions or would like to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me at plante.katie@queensu.ca.

Updated on: October 21, 2016