The Voting period for new FNSA Board members is currently June 22nd to June 28th 2021. Election results will be announced on Tuesday June 29th. Current seats that need to be filled are One (1) Treasurer, Three (3) FNSA Representatives, and One (1) Council Member; each seat has a potential candidate. Get to know each candidate below and remember to vote!

FNSA Members should have received an e-mail about voting but if you have not or have any questions or concerns regarding the election or voting you can contact: madrain@sfu.ca

FNSA Treasurer Candidate

FNSA Representative Candidates

Waỷ (Hello), my name is Xastiz? or Keianna James, I have grown up in Oliver BC, the beautiful Syilx (Okanagan) Territory. I am Syilx on my Tum (Mom’s) side, and both Stl’atl’imx and Shuswap on my Mistem (Dad’s) side. I plan to Major in Health Science and Minor in Indigenous Studies. Recently, I held a First Nation Student Association (FNSA) Board Representative position between June 2020/2021 where I’ve participated in the FNSA Media, Event Planning, Meeting logistics, FNSA Drum group, and more! Throughout my time at Simon Fraser University (SFU) I’ve met so many welcoming, supportive, and inspiring Indigenous peoples. As an FNSA Board Representative I hope to embody the beautiful characteristics of my current peers and alumni. I also hope to maintain a safe and diverse Indigenous community within the FNSA to decolonize our space. I am passionate about our Indigenous voices and if given the chance, will continue to advocate for Indigenous Students to be heard. I am also passionate about Indigenous peoples in general because we are strong, resilient, and beautiful peoples. Going forward my goals for the coming year would be to decolonize our new space at the Sub, maintain the Media, create a safe community environment, and host more indigenized wellness events. I appreciate and acknowledge all of the hard work done by the past FNSA Board Members and look forward to the opportunity of continuing my work with the upcoming FNSA team!

FNSA Council Candidate

Alô, taanishi, bonjour, hello, my name is Rebekah Trudel I am a rights bearing Métis born and raised in Northern Ontario and I am running for the position of FNSA council member. As of September, I will be in my fifth year at SFU completing my double major of History and French. My professional goal is to become a university professor specializing in Métis history. Since a young age I have been involved in my local Métis community though Métis dance. Since the later portion of my teen years, I have led various Métis specific cultural workshops in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools. I am very passionate about my Métis culture and visual arts. I hope to provide more opportunities for students to try different traditional and contemporary arts as a means of grounding themselves, learning something new or to relieve everyday stress.
As an out of province student continuing courses online in the fall, I hope to continue to advocate for online learning at SFU and to help my fellow Indigenous students through the challenges that comes with online learning.
In addition to being Indigenous as a retired student athlete of the SFU Women’s Wrestling team, I see the need for Indigenous voices to be heard in regards to the new SFU team name. I want to be more involved in the choosing of a name, ensuring that the FNSA is fully involved in the process.
I joined the FNSA in 2019. During my first three years due to my athletics, I was unable to participate fully in FNSA council, programing and events. Now that I am retired, I have more time to serve my fellow Indigenous students through the position of FSNA council member.
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