Your SAMRU Student Representation Executives have worked hard towards reconciliation. SAMRU has ensured that both our provincial lobbying organization, the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) and our federal student lobby organization, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) have prioritized Indigenous students in our advocacy. CAUS is advocating to fund Indigenous centres and fund reconciliation efforts, and CASA is advocating for more support for Indigenous leaders.
Our advocacy on reconciliation at the university continues. Members of the SAMRU Representation Executive Council (REC) were part of the hiring process of the new AVP of Indigenization and Decolonization. To encourage MRU’s Indigenization goal of increasing MRU’s Indigenous student intake, we’re currently advocating to exempt new Indigenous students from the application fee. Finally, last year your student reps moved that MRU recognize the genocide of Indigenous people which successfully passed at the General Faculties Council.
Here at SAMRU, we discovered in our last membership survey that Indigenous students experience barriers around financial security, and so we are exploring this further and consulting with Indigenous students to find advocacy solutions.
Your SAMRU Representation Executives wholly believe in the objectives and principles behind Truth and Reconciliation, reflecting what MRU students want. This work is important for our campus community, for Indigenous students, and for all MRU students.
– SAMRU Representation Executive Council (REC)