Members of the First Nations Studies Student Association at the launch event of the first Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Journal at UBC (Photo: Alex Downing)
In the fall of 2011, a number of students in the Program noticed a need for community building and engagement outside of the classroom to compliment the important work that was being done inside the classroom. Together, they founded the First Nations Studies Student Association (FNSSA) as an AMS club. Today, the club continues to welcome new members and remains in contact with many past members.
Inspiration to form the club came from the type of organizing around Indigenous issues that was happening informally amongst students in the Program. They began organizing meet ups to go to #idlenomore events (or host them themselves), they began holding debriefing meetings to talk about the subject matter of their classes, and they began building a deeply committed community of Indigenous students and non-Indigenous allies on campus. In 2015, FNSSA co-hosted Nehiyo-Paskwa-Itsimowin, UBC’s first annual Powwow celebration, with the Indigenous Student’s Association (InSA) to bring vibrant Indigenous culture and traditions to the local community. In the past, they have presented as a panel at the F Word Conference on Indigenous Feminisms, organized fundraising and community building events to support Indigenous movements and legal battles, and today they also manage xʷnaʔəlməxʷ sχəχi:ls, the Journal of First Peoples’ Writing – continuing the work of the Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Blog.
FNSSA is a student-run organization for any student on campus who is interested in Indigenous topics and issues. Members of the club are Indigenous, non-Indigenous, and come from many different backgrounds with a range of experience. To learn more about how to join FNSSA, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Send an email to chat with FNSSA at email@example.com.
Visit the xʷnaʔələmxʷ sχəχi:ls (First Peoples Writing) blog to view various articles, media, and creative pieces submitted by UBC community-members. FNSSA is always taking submissions so please send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org.