Kolin Sutherland-WilsonGitxsan NationGeography and Environmental Studies
Hindathl wila win? My name is Kolin Sutherland-Wilson. I am from the village of Anspayaxw on unceded Gitxsan Lax'yip. I am of the Gisg'haast clan of the house of Tsi'basaa and my father clan is Lax gibuu of the house of Xhliiyemlaxha. I am currently in my third year of undergraduate studies in Geography and Environmental Studies. I am honored to fulfill the role of Firekeeper for the Native Student's Union.
Steven FarynaCree-MetisLaw Department
Tanshi, Steven dishinihkaashoon. Wayne dooshchin. My names Steven and I hail from Wayne, Alberta in Treaty 7 territory. With me gone there are only 27 people left in Wayne. I've been in Coast Salish Territory for about 6 years now splitting the years between Squamish, North Vancouver, and Victoria. I am Cree-Metis from the Norwest/Letendre dit Batoche lines. Having completed a Philosophy bachelor's program at Mount Allison University on the East Coast I have now upgraded to enrollment in the Law program here at UVic. In addition to Advocacy Coordinator with the NSU I am a campus cousin, the Indigenous Law Student Association Rep on the Law Student Society, and a Director at Large on the Metis Nation of Greater Victoria board of directors. But there's always time for social justice and advocacy projects! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot me a text, or a call if you're old school, at (403)598-8201.
My name is Joel, I am Métis, and this is my second year on the NSU council and my third year in Biochemistry at Uvic. Being a councillor has been an incredible learning opportunity that allowed me to work in a team alongside talented, inspiring, and passionate indigenous students. So much of what we accomplished in the past year is owed to the dedication and hard work of my fellow council members. I am proud to be a part of NSU because I believe the services we provide and the programs we create are meaningful and contribute to a sense of community for other indigenous students at Uvic. This year I am excited to collaborate with our new council, to see how their individual strengths and contributions will help shape the NSU and to continue to learn and grow from this meaningful experience.
Yvonne HoussinMétis NationFaculty of HumanitiesIndigenous Studies Major
Tansi! Yvonne dishinihkaashoon, niiya Otipemisiwiskwe St. Boniface dooshchin. Nanaskamoh Lekwungen miina WSANEC askiy.
My name is Yvonne, I'm a Métis woman from the community of St. Boniface in what is currently Winnipeg, and I use she/her pronouns. I'm currently in my fourth year majoring in Indigenous Studies and minoring in Gender Studies. I've lived across Turtle Island but went to highschool in Stz'uminus lands in Ladysmith. I am extremely grateful to study as an uninvited guest on WSANEC and Lekwungen territory that I have lived in for the past 4 years.
I love beading, board games and meeting new people. Kishchee tey mo'yaan aen li michif wi'yaan!
Garry SamSonghees NationFaculty of Social Sciences
Hello, My name is Garry Sam. I am Lekwungen, from Songhees Nation. Born and raised in Victoria BC. I use He/him pronouns. Major in Sociology, Minor in Indigenous Studies.
Lekwungen Traditional Dancer and Singer.
Very much into my own culture here on the west coast, but also participate in the culture of Powwow as a Fancy Dancer.
NameDene NationSocial Sciences
Greetings! My name is Bradley Thom and I am from small village of 900 people in the Northwest Territories called Fort Providence. It is located at the mouth of Great Slave Lake and the beginning of the Mackenzie River. I am a 5th year student majoring in political science and minoring in Indigenous studies. I enjoy learning through conversation. I believe that everyone is a book. You can open it open it up to any page and it will always be interesting. With that being said, if you want someone to bounce ideas off of for a paper or something, I’m around. Happy studies!
Peter UnderwoodW̱SÁNEĆ NationFaculty of Humanities
TÁĆEL SIAM, welcome, my name is Peter Underwood, I'm W̱SÁNEĆ and Norwegian, and I'm majoring in Indigenous studies. When I'm not working in the NSU room I'm often in SOCC or Pride, playing board games, camping, or trying a new craft or hobby.