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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Mawandoseg space cuts provoke backlash

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is rethinking its decision to remove office space for its Indigenous service centre, the Mawandoseg Centre, after backlash from Indigenous students culminated in a meeting on Nov. 14. A previous article in The Charlatan reported that CUSA had removed Mawandoseg’s office space and was proposing to move the centre’s co-ordinator into the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee explained that the move would allow the association to reinvest room rental costs into increased programming for Indigenous students. Members from the campus Indigenous community and their allies streamed into the Bill Ellis Co-Working Space (BECS) in the University Centre. CUSA vice-presidents Alexis Oundo (student services), Gavin Resch (finance), and Abdullah Jaber (student life) joined […]

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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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CUSA debates cutting Indigenous centre space

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is considering removing its designated Indigenous service centre space, the Mawandoseg Centre, and moving the centre’s co-ordinator to the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said the proposal would save the association rental costs for the centre, which would be reinvested into programming. According to him, it doesn’t make sense for Indigenous services to be split between two different student centres. “Ultimately, we thought that this way, it would be better serving all students for the services that they’re looking to get out of each of these centres,” Masjedee said. According to CUSA’s website, Mawandoseg is the “leading point of contact for non-Indigenous students looking to connect and learn more about Indigenous cultures and […]

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CUSA service centres to reduce summer hours

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is reducing hours at its service centres over the summer to save money, according to the association’s president, Fahd Alhattab. Alhattab said the cuts are intended to save about $25,000 paid in co-ordinators’ salaries—money that would then be funnelled back into service centres’ operations in the fall. “All the money is going back into the service centres so they have more to play with, more to do. They could have a bigger impact because of that,” Alhattab said. He said the centres’ co-ordinators would see their hours reduced by about half. According to him, centres with one co-ordinator—the Mawandoseg Centre and the Health and Wellness Resource Centre—would be open for 10 hours per week, […]

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