Tansi, I am Miss OCN Kick It, Josie B. Young, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation. I have resided in
OCN for 20 years of my life. Currently, I am a manager at Kick It Sports, this allows me the
opportunity to meet many different people from all over the north. Meeting new people was one
of the reasons I had decided to run for the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival 2017 Fur Queen
competition. My future goals include attending Assiniboine Community College and obtaining a
red seal in carpentry. My plan is to build my mother her dream home and my own dream home.
I graduated from Oscar Lathlin Collegiate in 2015. While there, I played volleyball, basketball,
soccer, and badminton. My favourites were volleyball and basketball, because of the memories
and the bond I had with my teammates. Some of my most memorable moments included winning
zone banners and attending provincial championships where I had met people from all across
Manitoba and experienced their local culture. I also occasionally volunteer at Oscar Lathlin
Collegiate as an assistant coach for the girls high school volleyball and basketball teams.
I would like to take this time to thank my sponsor Kick It Sports for supporting me and allowing
me to represent their business. I would also like to thank the Northern Trappers Festival board
for accepting my application, putting in the time and energy involved in organizing and running
an event such as this. And last, but not least, I would like to say thank you to all of my family
and friends for their support and encouragement. This wouldn’t be possible without all of the
I am looking forward to the once in a lifetime experiences and opportunities that will arise from
my participation as a 2017 Fur Queen Candidate. I wish all the other candidates the best of luck
and I hope our newfound friendships will last a lifetime!