Once a week for the month of April, we will be showcasing each of our winning 2021 Métis Youth Role Models. Métis Youth British Columbia (MYBC) announced five Métis Youth Role Models, who were identified as outstanding youths in their communities. Métis role models promote healthy lifestyles, Métis culture and awareness; strengthen Métis identity and participate actively in their community.
This week, we are showcasing Nick Goulet. His nominator wrote to MYBC:
I am writing to nominate our grade 11 student, Nick Goulet, to become a BC Métis Role Model. Nick is an exception young man in very may ways. He is an extremely high achiever in school, he has been involved in Scouts Canada for over 8 years, he is an active curler with Curling BC, he is involved in school life as a leader, he is a Métis jigger, and he keeps a part time job.
Nick is a highly motivated student. He takes upper level maths and sciences and often scores 100%. This year, Nick has scored 100% in Foundations of Mathematics 11, 100% in Pre-Calculus 11, 100% in Spanish 11, and 95 % in Physics 11. Nick is a willing leader in this school, often bringing his Métis culture to the forefront for the entire student population to enjoy and to learn from.
During our Orange Shirt Day assembly Nick spoke to the entire student body about how Orange Shirt Day came about, about the importance of Orange Shirt Day, and about how the Indian Residential School system has impacted his family. Nick was a poised and eloquent speaker and his words had a significant impact on the entire school.
Nick is always willing to share his Métis culture in our school and within the community. He has danced often at the annual National Indigenous Day celebrations in the park. He has also danced at two Blue Grass Jamborees, as well as many Indigenous gatherings and events. Nick, along with 2 other students, did several jigging dances as a presentation to our graduating 2020 class.
Nick is highly involved in our community. He has been a member of the Scouts organization for over 8 years. He currently has his 2nd Class badge. In Scouts, he has learned leadership skiIIs, outdoor recreation skills, winter survival skills, water safety skills, and teamwork skilIs. Nick also participated in a 5-week Scouts Euro-Camp in England and Scotland. He is an active curler and is active as a Métis dancer, performing at many local functions. On top of all of this, Nick keeps a part time at Save-On Foods.
Nick has endeavoured to learn as much as he can about his Métis heritage, language, and culture from his family, especially his grandparents, who have taught him the dances, the traditions and some of the Michif language.
Nick is an amazing young man. He is focused on his interests, which is school, learning and sharing his Métis culture, history and traditions and his future prospects. It is an honour to nominate Nick Goulet as a 2021 Métis Youth Role Model.
Each Métis Role Model will receive $300 in gift cards and be showcased on the Métis Nation British Columbia website. We would like to thank all the nominees who were submitted and encourage their nominators to re-submit next year.
The seventh annual Métis Youth Role Model Campaign launched on January 7, 2021, with a call for outstanding youth nominees. To be eligible, Métis Youth Role Models must be between the ages of 15 and 30 and live in B.C. The MYBC Committee selected the five winners from all the eligible submissions. Click here to see all of this year’s chosen Métis Youth Role Models.