Congratulations Jenna Lancaster, Boston Laferte, Dakota Nelson and Alexis Elliott for being re-elected to the NSU council for 2021-2022. There are still vacancies for Advocacy Councillor, Administrative Councillor, and one Councillor At-large. To inquire about these positions email contact@uvicnsu.ca.

Alexis Elliott

My name is Lumsiyah, and my English name is Alexis Elliott. I am a Cowichan Tribes member on my father's side with Dutch-European ancestry on my mother's side. I am about to enter my fourth and final year at UVIC, pursuing a double major in Indigenous Studies and History. As someone a part of two different departments, I am interested in finding ways to represent Indigenous cultures and traditions that are accurate accounts of who we are. This past year I had the opportunity to sit on the NSU council as a Councillor at Large alongside some wonderful people, taking part in planning events, sitting on hiring committees and even launching an NSU Tik-Tok account. I am always grateful for opportunities to get involved with the Indigenous community at UVIC, and I'm passionate about planning events and finding ways to bring us together. I enjoy meeting new people and engaging in meaningful conversations, learning how to better support each other and form lasting relations.

Boston Laferte

I am running for a few reasons! Next year is the last of my undergraduate degree, and I would like to end it with the NSU. I want to continue working on, and trying to come up with, exciting projects like the Indigenous-focused issue of the Martlet this year. I have loved my time with the NSU, and I feel passionately about continuing to work for and with Indigenous students at UVic. I hope I am considered for the position again!!

Jenna Lancaster

My name English name is Jenna Lancaster and my traditional name is ?Ixc'amgillkw. I am 'Na̱mg̱is, Musgamakw (Wakeman Sound area) on my father’s side and Skwxu’7mesh, lək̓ʷəŋən on my mother’s side.

I would like run for Firekeeper again for Native Students Union. I have learned a lot while being in this position. It’s so important and I’m super thankful that I have been given the opportunity to do this work. Advocating for Indigenous students/our people while at uvic has been a passion of mine this year. If I get to be in this position again I would love to work more with other advocacy groups, as well as do more outreach to engage and interest our students to connect with the Native Students Union. I will be continuous the work that I started, which is ensuring that our students are valued and supported while walking in two worlds; by helping them and supporting them, as they balance western and Indigenous world views and and traditions. Also, by holding the university accountable for their actions and making sure that they are providing a safe learning environment for Indigenous students.

Dakota Nelson

I'm running because I had a lot of fun doing it this year and want to continue to help the Indigenous community at uvic!

About the Council

It's elections season again ☑⁠

We're hosting elections for the NSU council who are Indigenous student leaders that steer the NSU. ⁠

Council members are given training, funds, support and opportunities to host events, programs and anything to support and grow the Indigenous student community on campus. ⁠

Getting involved with the NSU is a great way to supplement your classroom education with project coordination, communications, and working in community. 🤝🏼⁠

Election results will be announced May 3rd. 📅

Details about Council responsibilities, and about the core council positions are in the NSU Constitution.

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Running for council

Indigenous students may nominate themselves for council by emailing the following to contact@uvicnsu.ca :

    • Your name

    • The position you're running for

    • Why you're running

    • A photo or 30 - 60 second video of yourself

Nominations will be April 21 - April 24

Campaign Period will be April 25 - April 30

Voting will be May 1 - May 2

Results will be announced May 3