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Matthew Dunn

Youth (2003)

At age 21, Matthew Dunn is already looking towards the stars. In his fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan’s Mechanical Engineering program, this Métis knows all the universe is within his grasp. “If I could become an astronaut that would be great,” he says with confidence, adding he’s also considering a career in politics, acting or any number of the other areas he’s excelling at now. He’s already shown that anything is possible for Aboriginal youth of today. Mr. Dunn has earned numerous scholarships, received academic and citizenship awards and proved himself a star athlete and community volunteer. If all this wasn’t enough, Mr. Dunn is also an accomplished actor, already so comfortable in front of a camera. But there’s one thing he’s proud of most: his selection as Saskatchewan’s representative in the National Native Role Model Program. “I get the chance to make a difference in someone’s life,” he says proudly of his speeches to students and community groups across his province. “As a nation of people we need to forge a path to prosperity and it is a great feeling to know that I am helping in this process in the best way I can.” Currently planning to pursue a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering after graduation, Mr. Dunn’s future looks bright. But if you ask him, he’ll tell you he isn’t alone. “There’s nothing stopping anyone in the Native community from achieving,” he says. Wise words from Mr. Dunn, a leader for tomorrow