May 25, 2017
The Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students gathers for its annual meeting
From May 19 to May 21, 2017, the Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students held its annual stand-alone meeting on Treaty Four Territory at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan.
This year, as the Circle celebrated its 30th anniversary, more than 50 delegates attended the meeting from across Canada, the largest delegation in the history of the caucus! The strength of the Circle is in its community, and we are thrilled to see it grow each year as members gather to learn, organize and heal together as a rising community of leaders.
Over the weekend, delegates discussed the history and evolution of the Circle within the student movement, and Circle business such as budget, campaigns and lobbying priorities. Delegates also had the opportunity to participate in an off-site excursion, which included a sweat ceremony, beading and dancing. The Circle also elected its new Chairperson and National Executive representatives for the 2017-18 year, subject to ratification at the CFS national general meeting.
Furthermore, the Circle welcomed two guest speakers to present on pertinent issues to Indigenous students. Marlene McNab, a band member of the George Gordon First Nation, mental health therapist and Lecturer in the Faculty of Indigenous Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada, presented on mental health and indigenous healing practices. Michael Cappello, Professor at the University of Regina, spoke on colonialism, allyship and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
The Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students is the only national organization of Indigenous students, representing thousands of Indigenous post-secondary students across this side of Turtle Island. Circle meetings are open to all self-identified Indigenous students and present a unique opportunity for Indigenous students to meet and form lasting friendships with other Indigenous students from coast to coast.