Advocacy

Advocacy

These recommendations are summarized from the report. To see the full recommendations as they are originally worded, see the full report here.

Recommendation Status
The UASU shall advocate for increased access to childcare services at the U of A. As of Winter 2021, thanks to UASU efforts, students now have significantly increased access to childcare. Internally, SU Executives now have access to childcare benefits, reducing barriers to elected office for students who parent. Support for students who parent has yielded federal commitments as a top CASA ask.
The UASU shall increase advocacy for the implementation of mandatory Indigenous course content. Ongoing. As one example, in September 2022 the University provided a requested inventory of this content at a course-by-course level across faculties, and committed to further progress.
The UASU shall continue to advocate for the building of the Maskwa House of Learning. UASU Execs have brought this priority to operational budget meetings, the Board of Governors, and the provincial government, and secured much but not all of the necessary funding commitment.
The UASU shall engage in consultation with surrounding First Nations communities. The UASU engages with local communities for events like the Residential School Memorial.
The UASU shall support relationship-building with surrounding Indigenous communities. Staff and student leader involvement in TAWOW and regular KAIROS blanket exercises.
The UASU shall advocate for an increase in support for Indigenous student services on all campuses. UASU Execs have advocated to the Board of Governors and the Senate. VP Student Life has brought this priority to working groups and advisory committees. President has secured relevant commitments from Office of the Dean of Students.
The UASU shall advocate for the creation of a dedicated Indigenous student gathering space at Campus Saint-Jean. Information gathered on the needs of Indigenous students at CSJ. Due to the small number of students involved, progress on this specific ask is unlikely.
The UASU shall increase its advocacy towards the federal government on issues of Indigenous post-secondary funding. Increased long-term federal advocacy has led to funding commitments and establishment of Indigenous representation at CASA.
The UASU shall encourage the U of A to conduct a renewed Indigenous Student Success Survey. At the SU's urging, the survey ran in Winter 2021, and the survey report is becoming available during the 2022/23 school year.
The UASU shall advocate that all faculties provide Indigenous-specific advising positions. Execs have brought this issue to University administration and the Academic Restructuring Working Group.
The UASU shall advocate for a centralized website for all information pertinent to Indigenous students. The renewed Indigenous Initiatives website gathers all pertinent resources.
The UASU shall advocate that plaques be placed narrating art that depicts racist and colonial violence. Issue reported to Senate and Board of Governors. President has advocated to appropriate Vice Provost.
The UASU shall aid Aboriginal Student Council in securing a sustainable funding model. SU now collects a fee from students to fund ASC (now the Indigenous Student Union (ISU)).
The UASU shall advocate for financial, housing, and job opportunities for Indigenous students. Student advocacy has factored into increased funding in federal and provincial budgets. VP Academic advocated to GFC Executive Committee. SU played a role in Ancillary Services report on housing for students who parent.
The UASU shall advocate for increased accessible and online learning for off-campus students. VP Academics have brought this issue to Admin, both before and during the pandemic. Quality of accessible remote learning is a core advocacy issue, leading to developments like 50+ hybrid lecture theatres.
The UASU shall advocate for the creation of a visual identity for First Nations students and alumni. Research conducted. Issue raised with Senate and Board of Governors. Potential artists identified.
The UASU shall advocate for the creation and implementation of an Indigenous achievement strategic plan. VP Academic has raised the issue with the appropriate administrators. Such a plan would stem from the Indigenous Student Success Survey data.
The UASU shall write an open letter stating its condemnation of racism and discrimination. Complete.
The UASU shall advocate for campus services to offer programs or services in support of Indigenous students. UASU Execs have raised this issue with Office of the Dean of Students regarding specific services.
The UASU shall advocate that Residence Services hire Indigenous students for Indigenous programmer positions. VP Student Life advocated to University administration, who resumed hiring FNMI students. UASU will revisit the issue if Residence Services repeats the error in the future.
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