Anishinabek Nation Summer students from left to right: Ryan Peplinskie, Mickey George, Julie Hunter, Ali Moses, and Jennilee Peplinskie.

Mickey George

My name is Mickey George, and I study Civil Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa. My summer position is in the Labour Market Development Department as the Junior Administrator. I am looking forward to my placement and so far am very happy to have been accepted to this position. I am hoping that over the course of this summer I get hands on experience of what a professional setting would be like after post-secondary.

Julie Hunter

Wachay, my name is Julie Hunter. I am from the community of Moose Cree First Nation, but recently relocated to North Bay to pursue my educational and career goals. I am a full-time student at Nipissing University, where I successfully completed the Aboriginal Advantage Program. I am currently working towards my Bachelor degree in Social Work and am specializing in Child and Family Studies.

I am pleased to be working as the Social Services assistant at the Anishinabek Nation; I believe that this position is a great opportunity for me to gain more experience in the Social Work field as well as putting my knowledge and experience to use to benefit the Anishinabek people.

I am certainly enjoying my summer being involved with our traditional culture, meeting new people as well as learning new things along the way.

Miigwetch!

Jennilee Peplinskie

My name is Jennilee Peplinskie and I am a fourth year marketing student at Nipissing University. I am currently working for the Health Department as an Office Assistant and am enjoying my experience so far. I love doing anything outdoor-related, and have recently discovered a passion for photography. I am still unsure of what I intend on doing after graduation, but as long as I am working towards making this planet a better place for ourselves and the future generations, I’ll be happy.

Alli Moses

My name is Alli Moses. I am 20 years old from Six Nations, Ontario. I live in New Hamburg, Ontario, and am going into my third year at Fanshawe College studying in the Child and Youth Care program. I play on the Fanshawe Falcons Hockey Team and on the New Hamburg Narwhals Field Hockey Team. I am working as the summer student assistant in the Legal Department.

Ryan Peplinskie

My name is Ryan Peplinskie and I’m the summer student for the Restoration of Jurisdiction department. I recently graduated from the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at Canadore College and am returning there this fall to take Graphic Design. This is my fourth year as a summer student and I’m excited to be back at the Anishinabek Nation to continue learning and helping out however I can.

Steve Rickard.

Steve Rickard

Waachay, Aanii-Boozhoo, my name is Steve Rickard!

I’m both Cree and Ojibwe from Taykwa Tagamou Nation, just outside of Cochrane, currently residing in North Bay. I’m a recent graduate of the two-year Community and Justice Services Program with the School of Community Justice and Police Studies at Canadore College. This fall, I am returning to Canadore to obtain my second diploma with the Police Foundations Program. I’m also a graduate of the Class of 2015 at Nbisiing Secondary School.

I worked through the Community and Justice Services Program because I felt that it was a great way to begin my journey for my future career in policing. I’ve been deeply interested in wanting to work with youth as well.

Before I graduated from my program, I completed my field placement with the North Bay Police Service in the Community Programs office.

This summer, I’m working with the Nation Building/Political Office. I’m excited to be working with this team and being a part of their plan-making and decision-making process for the upcoming youth programs/workshops we are planning this summer.

I’m excited to work with the other summer students and the rest of the Anishinabek Nation employees. It feels great to be back here and to be working here at this organization.

Aho. Miigwech!