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Meet Ashley Cummings, NIF's new Northern Consultant

Eva Wu

We met Ashley aboard the 2015 Students on Ice Arctic expedition, and she blew us away with her passion for Inuit culture and the North in the general. We are stoked to have her on our team to ensure a Northern perspective is included in every stage of decision-making. We also look forward to hearing her fantastic ideas, and benefitting from her positive energy and enthusiasm! Here's a quick Q&A so you can get to know Ashley too.

Ashley in Uummannaq, Greenland, during her 2015 Arctic expedition

Ashley in Uummannaq, Greenland, during her 2015 Arctic expedition

Tell us your life story in 4 sentences!

I’ve moved a lot, received many opportunities, and if we talked long enough we could probably find a connection. I’ve been pushed to live outside of my comfort zone and I encourage others to do the same! I’ve travelled a fair bit and I plan on travelling much more. I am very proud of my Inuit culture and I bring it with me and flaunt it wherever I go!

What interests you about working with North in Focus?

Being able to connect with northern youth and provide them with an opportunity that I wish I had when I were younger. It’s amazing to be a part of North in Focus and help develop what I believe will be pivotal to northern youth!

What are your future aspirations?

I’m attending Mount Allison University in September to begin studying psychology! I hope to further my education to become a counsellor and ideally work in various parts of the north to provide further support that unfortunately is not available in too many places.

You are the Prime Minister of Canada for a day, what do you do!

Honestly, the first thing I’d do is go in the rooms you can’t tour in the Parliament building! I’d later take advantage of the spotlight to bring up topics that are important to me and that I believe could be changed if more people knew and banded together for, such as mental health in Canada, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and climate change efforts. Although I could change things I don’t agree with, I have a feeling that they’d be reverted the next day and I don’t think I fully understand the outcomes of these things because I’m not good with politics haha!