First Nation Student Organization
The First Nations Student Association (FNSA) is a student organisation whose mandate is two-fold: to personally, academically, and culturally support First Nations students (Inuit, Métis, Status and Non-Status) and to educate the campus community on First Nations issues. This includes advocating for services and resources for students and the promotion and sponsorship of activities on campus that demonstrate the cultural diversity of First Nations people. It also includes hosting panel discussions, workshops and conferences as well as responding to any negative media portrayals of First Nations peoples.
The FNSA is located in the First Nations Students Common Room and Study Room in TC 3108 and TC 3112, in the Rotunda. The rooms are for First Nations students to meet and socialize, and for quiet study.
The Common Room has computers with Internet access and a printer, a telephone, fridge, microwave and other kitchen supplies as well as tables, couches and chairs, all of which have been donated by various individuals and organisations.
The First Nations Student Association formed in the early 1990s and over the past few years the organisation has been working to bring about changes to the support services and equipment that are necessary for student success. FNSA has organised workshops and panel discussions on First Nations issues, including the Sepwecnec First Nations struggle with the Sun Peaks Resort and a roundtable discussion about the impacts of colonisation and globalisation on indigenous peoples.
The Association has been involved in the Blueprints for the Future Conference and has developed seven First Nations work study projects. The FNSA has also been promoting First Nations Awareness on campus through First Nations programming on CJSF, a Fall Feast and First Nations Cultural Awareness Day, a day of traditional music and food. Call 778.782.6879 for more information.
First Nations Student Centre
The First Nations Student Centre provides programs, student services, traditional events, and other support to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students.
The Centre is located in room 1500, Maggie Benston Centre. Visit http://students.sfu.ca/firstnations/ for a list of services, programs and upcoming events or call 778.782.3555.
First Nations Academic Advisor
The First Nations Academic Advisor is available to assist First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students with academic advice, including admissions, program and course selection, career counseling, transcripts, grade appeals and more. Call 778.782.4055.
First Nations Advisory Council
The Council has representatives from across the province and advises the University on issues pertaining to First Nations students at SFU. For information on student representation, contact the First Nations Student Association at 778.782.6879.