In the fall of 2011, a number of students in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program noticed a need for community building and engagement outside of the classroom to compliment the important work that was being done inside the classroom. Together, they founded the First Nations Studies Student Association as an AMS club. Today, there are over 30 members in the student association and hold membership with the AMS and are a Global Lounge Network Member.
Inspiration to form the club came from the type of organizing around Indigenous issues that was happening informally amongst students in the program. They began organizing meet ups to go to #idlenomore events (or host them themselves), they began holding debriefing meetings to talk about the subject matter of their classes, and they began building a deeply committed community of Indigenous students and non-Indigenous allies on campus. In the past, they have presented as a panel at the F Word Conference on Indigenous Feminisms and they are manage an Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Journal and Blog on campus.
FNSSA is a student-run organization for any student on campus who is interested in Indigenous topics and issues. Members of the club are Indigenous, non-Indigenous, and come from many different backgrounds of experience. To learn more about how to join FNSSA, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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