May 24, 2018
Annual Circle Standalone Meeting 2018
This past weekend from May 18th – 20th, the National Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students held their annual standalone meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over 60 students attended the gathering at the University of Winnipeg from member local schools across the country to share experiences, strategize for the coming year and to elect the next team of leaders. The Circle has now set records for attendance in consecutive years. The Canadian Federation of Students prides itself in its work to provide opportunities for and to protect the rights of Indigenous learners.
Highlights from the trip included an excursion to the Bannock Point Petroforms in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Also known as Manitou Ahbee, the site was a traditional and historical gathering place of the Anishinaabek nation. Delegates had the chance to take part in a water ceremony and a tour of the area. The Circle also attended the Manito Ahbee pow wow, one of the largest in the country with over 10,000 people attending.
We would like to thank the outgoing Chairperson, Phyllis McKenna, and National Executive Representative, Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, for their excellent work. Congratulations to Shanese Steele for being elected Chairperson of the Circle and Chance Paupanakis for being elected National Executive Representative!