Colleges and Institutes Students’ Representative
Graduate Students’ Representative
Racialized Students’ Representative
Student Disability Justice Commissioner
Francophone Students’ Representative
International Students’ Commissioner
Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students Representative
British Columbia Representative
New Brunswick Representative
Nova Scotia Representative
Prince Edward Island Representative
Newfoundland and Labrador Representative
Each member students’ union has an equal say in setting the, policies, direction, and priorities of the Federation, including how campaigns are organized and funds are spent. All major decisions are made at twice-yearly national general meetings at which the student union’s from across the province are present to represent the views and perspectives of our individual members.
The Circle of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students Representative
The Circle of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Students is the only national group of Indigenous students, representing thousands of Indigenous post-secondary students across this side of Turtle Island. The priorities of the Caucus are set by its membership and defined by the systemic and daily challenges that Indigenous students face in pursuit of post-secondary education.
For the past 30 years, the Circle has highlighted the challenges facing Indigenous students in Canada, including racism on campus, cutbacks in funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), and the exclusion of some students from the program. The Circle has also addressed broader societal issues that impact Indigenous people and society more broadly, including the development of pipelines, inability of some to access clean drinking water, and land claim disputes, to name a few.
The Circle meets three times a year, at the National General Meetings and at the Circle’s standalone meeting, to discuss issues of concern to Indigenous members. At these meetings, the Circle has the opportunity to discuss current issues and examine the specific concerns of its members on their campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that could be implemented by the Canadian Federation of Students.
Every year, the Circle elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee
The Circle has created several campaigns that address the experiences of Indigenous students across the country:
Graduate Students’ Caucus
The Graduate Caucus unites more than graduate students in Canada. It is comprised of individual members and member local associations within the Canadian Federation of Students who have a common interest and concern with graduate student issues. The Caucus provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between graduate students and member local associations in order to promote the interests of graduate students to the provincial government and other external authorities whose jurisdiction affects graduate student affairs. Graduate students also join together with over 500,000 students across the country to lobby on issues of concern to all students such as tuition fees, student debt, research and core funding to post-secondary institutions.
The Graduate Caucus meets twice a year in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting and Semi-Annual General Meeting to discuss issues prevalent to graduate students. At this time, the Caucus collectively reviews matters that affect students on member locals’ campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that may be implemented within the Canadian Federation of Students.
Every year, the Caucus elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee.
In addition to the Federation’s extensive campaigns work, members of the National Graduate Caucus have worked together to develop several campaigns that address the experiences of graduate students across the country.