CUSA elections see decrease in candidates

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections saw a significant decrease in candidates for the 2018 elections. A total of eight candidates—two independents and six from the One Carleton slate—were in the running on the first day of voting (Feb. 7), leaving four positions uncontested. Only the vice-president (student issues) and vice-president (student life) positions held two candidates as the independent candidate for vice-president (finance) dropped out of the race on Feb. 5. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said he thinks the lack of candidates is partly due to the voter gap between the One Carleton slate and the Change slate in the 2017 elections. A previous article from the Charlatan reported that 3,957 students voted for Masjedee, the One Carleton […]

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Indigenous craft show brings handcrafted art to campus

As part of CUSA Aboriginal Service Centre’s (ASC) new month-long campaign, RISE 2016, the Indigenous Creations: Arts & Crafts Expo brought works of creation from new and old generations to the River Building atrium. The acronym “RISE” stands for Revitalizing Indigenous Strength and Education. “It is in the spirit of older Aboriginal awareness months, and it was just updated by myself and the Aboriginal community here to better reflect our values and principles,” Ash Courchene, the coordinator of RISE, said. Courchene had been asked previously in the year for an event to showcase some of the pieces created by First Nations communities. “It was actually not too hard to put together,” he said. “We had tons of interest from both […]

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Indigenous awareness comes to forefront with RISE

A group of students sat around patterned blankets, reading old letters and past speeches in an attempt to understand the history of the Canadian Indigenous peoples and how European colonization has influenced the decline of many traditional cultures. The blanket exercise was one of the opening events for a month-long campaign aimed to bring First Nations issues and culture to the forefront of students’ lives. Revitalizing Indigenous Strength and Education (RISE) 2016 is a project devised by the Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC) in collaboration with several other student awareness groups such as First Peoples Council, the School of Canadian Studies, Student Alliance for Mental Health, and many student volunteers. In the beginning of the narrative, the students heard about the […]

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Opinion: The TRC can help survivors heal

The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report was publicly revealed during final exams last semester. Those who attended the event at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa could not help but be pulled into the heavy atmosphere that encapsulated the simultaneous tears and laughter of the Indian residential school survivors. As the report was unveiled, the head of the commission, Justice Murray Sinclair, reemphasized Canada’s rite of passage into modern times was to partake in the reconciliatory process of repairing Indigenous-Canadian relations. Echoing the words of the report’s introduction, Sinclair reminded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that reconciliation is a Canadian problem, not an Aboriginal one. We witnessed the Prime Minister’s guilt and heard his promise to fix the […]

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Indigenous studies in Canadian schools: debating the when, what, and why

The last straw for Anne-Mieke Woodrow was when she overheard a guest at her cottage say he wouldn’t hire a First Nations person. Woodrow, a librarian at Holy Rosary Catholic elementary school in Kitchener-Waterloo, said there is prejudice against First Nations people. “These same people would never use [the N-word] but would use . . . dirty Indian, lowlife, and they don’t get how the two are equal.” she said. In the early 2000s, Woodrow said she decided to go back to school to become a librarian with this problem still lingering in her mind. “It profoundly bothered me and in fact it got to the point where I just couldn’t be with certain people up at our cottage because […]

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