Mawandoseg Centre to relocate to Scholarship Coordinator office

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Mawandoseg Centre staff have decided to relocate the centre to the current Scholarship Co-ordinator office, located on the third floor of the University Centre. For Summer-Harmony Twenish, the Mawandoseg Centre co-ordinator, the relocation started off “a little rocky.” CUSA faced backlash after removing the centre’s office space and proposing that Twenish move to the administration-run Ojigkwanong Centre in Paterson Hall. While she is reasonably satisfied with the end result, Twenish said she wishes more people were aware of the needs of Indigenous students. “I think as Indigenous students on campus, we often have to not only play the role of a student, but also the role of an educator,” she said. “That […]

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Recap: Canadian Federation of Students held its AGM

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) discussed support for marginalized students and the audit of a once-hidden bank account at their annual general meeting (AGM) from Nov. 17-20, in Gatineau, Que. Established in 1981 at Carleton, the CFS is the largest national student association in Canada, according to their website. Representing more than 650,000 students across Canada, the federation lobbies provincial and federal governments to support student issues, in addition to providing advocacy campaign material to student unions. The CFS holds two national general meetings each year, where student union members from across the country gather to discuss policies, amend bylaws, and vote on motions. Motions are proposed during the opening plenary on the first meeting day, discussed in sub-committee […]

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Editorial: Improve housing resources for students with disabilities

Carleton University has a reputation for being a world leader in accessibility on campus, but the new funding campaign for off-campus accessible housing being piloted by the Carleton University Students’ Association is a long overdue effort to help students with disabilities find off-campus housing. Tuition and residence fees are already steep for students, and off-campus housing is a cheaper alternative. But students with disabilities are often excluded from this option, as they face particular challenges in looking for off-campus housing, as accessible housing is not common, in particular, housing within a reasonable distance of campus. While this collaborative funding initiative is a good first step towards alleviating this issue, the initiative to eliminate barriers towards off-campus housing shouldn’t piloted by […]

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Editorial: Consult Indigenous students about Mawandoseg

Last week, The Charlatan reported that the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has decided to cut the office space for the Mawandoseg Centre—its Indigenous service centre. The association is working to move Mawandoseg’s co-ordinator to the administration-run Ojigkwanong Centre to save on room rental costs. Considering the colonial history of Carleton, which is built on unceded Algonquin territory, Indigenous students have every right to meet in different places on campus that are specific to them. While both Mawandoseg and Ojigkwanong offer Indigenous students a place to visit and practice their culture, there’s a disconnect in their mandates that is important to understand. Mawandoseg is run by students, for students, so it allows student leaders and visitors to meet on an […]

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CUSA council talks Mawandoseg, CFS at meeting

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their monthly council meeting on Nov. 15, in which CUSA president Zameer Masjedee addressed concerns surrounding CUSA’s plan to move the Mawandoseg Centre’s co-ordinator into the Ojigkwanong Centre. Masjedee said the move was a result of CUSA’s former campaign promise to restructure student services in order to optimize space, as well as students’ money. But, he stressed that the change was not a funding cut. He explained that the restructuring came about because the previous Mawandoseg co-ordinator  regularly working out of Ojigkwanong. “The co-ordinator had requested . . . that they would prefer to work half their hours out in the Ojigkwanong Centre,” Masjedee said. However, Masjedee said CUSA made a mistake in […]

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