Council 2020-2021

Email contact@uvicnsu.ca for general inquires, or email one of the council members below.

Jenna LancasterKwakwaka'wakwChild & Youth Care

Firekeeper

firekeeper@uvicnsu.ca

The Firekeeper is the spokesperson of the NSU, and represents Indigenous students at the UVSS Board Meetings.

About Jenna

My name is Jenna Lancaster and I am going into my fourth of he Child and Youth Care Program here at UVic. I am Kwakwaka'wakw on my father’s side coming from Kingcome Inlet and Alert Bay. On my mother’s side I am Coast Salish, from Songhees and Squamish on my grandmothers side and Leeyq’sun on my grandfather’s side. I am looking forward to learning and connecting more with our Indigenous community here on campus and throughout the city. I think it is important to create a space where we can all connect and learn from one another. Gilakas’la

Boston Lafferte

RR MitchifHumanities

Communications Councillor

The communications councillor manages social media and communications for the NSU

About Boston

Taanishi kiiyawow, Boston Laferté dishinihkaashoon. I am a RR Michif person from Treaty 8 territory. I have been on the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ the last couple of years, taking a double major in History and Indigenous Studies.

Dakota Nelson

Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw and TahltanSocial Sciences & Humanities

Councillor at-large

There are three positions for councillor at-large. They take on responsibilities that the Indigenous student body calls for.

About Dakota

My name is Dakota Nelson, I am Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw and Tahltan. I have just finished my third year of my Anthropology and Indigenous Studies double major, and I am currently on the executive team for the Bureau of Anthropology Students (BOAS). This is my first time on the NSU council and I am excited to be working in the Indigenous community at UVic!

Alexis Elloitt

Cowichan & Dutch Humanities

Councillor at-large

There are three positions for councillor at-large. They take on responsibilities that the Indigenous student body calls for.

About Alexis

Uy’ skweyul. My name is Alexis Elliott and my traditional name is Lumsiyah. On my father’s side I am a Cowichan Tribes member, and I have Dutch ancestry on my mother’s side. I am about to enter my third year of a double major in both Indigenous Studies and History, and am grateful to have the opportunity to study as an uninvited guest on both WSÁNEĆ and Lekwungen territory. In my spare time you can often find me on campus in the NSU room hanging with friends, playing soccer, or even riding the occasional horse. I am eager for the year to come and am both thankful and excited to work alongside such a passionate and focused team.

Hannah Gentes

Saulteaux-MetisSocial Sciences & Humanities

Councillor at-large

There are three positions for councillor at-large. They take on responsibilities that the Indigenous student body calls for.

About Hannah

Hannah is Saulteaux-Métis on her fathers side and of mixed European ancestry on her mothers side. She is pursuing a double major in Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies, inspired by land based learning and community building initiatives. Outside of school Hannah spends her time engaged in her artistic pursuits where she channels her passions through songwriting, singing, playing guitar, painting, and gardening.

Peter Underwood

W̱SÁNEĆ & NorwegianHumanities

Office Coordinator

contact@uvicnsu.ca

The Office Coordinator is the staff of the NSU, and reports to the elected council. They are responsible for communications, coordinating meetings, and administrative tasks.

About Peter

IY SCACEL SIAM, my name is Peter Underwood. I'm W̱SÁNEĆ, Samish & Norwegian. Other than school and work I love knitting, learning language, visiting forests and beaches, and board games. You'll often be able to find me in the NSU room in the SUB, or in the First Peoples House, feel free to say hi if you do!