WHAT IS A COLLECTIVE?
CSU collectives represent self-identified members of various constituency groups at Capilano. They meet regularly to work on ways to benefit the students they represent , these activities include:
- organizing events to help students build support and friendship in their community
- executing campaigns to raise awareness of issues facing their group
- facilitating discussions and seminars on important issues in the community
- finding ways to break down stigma in the broader society
- improving accessibility for students to resources, programs and events on and off campus
WHO WE ARE
In the spring of 1991, Indigenous students formed a collective to discuss issues, provide support, and organize events and campaigns around Indigenous issues. The collective is comprised of any self-identifying Indigenous students who are members of the Capilano Students’ Union.
In the past, the collective has worked on a wide variety of issues and events such as a meet and greet, movie nights, pot lucks, Indigenous awareness days, and guest speakers. Collective meetings are held regularly throughout the semester in the Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre.
WHAT WE DO
The Indigenous students collective gives members the chance to make the Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre and Capilano University a better place for students. It is a way for Indigenous students to organize events that bring awareness of their culture and issues on our campus or issues affecting all Indigenous. The collective is dedicated to addressing the very specific needs of Indigenous students while making certain that supports are available for those students.
The collective is the way to make changes within the CSU and the university — if you have ideas regarding any Indigenous issues or an idea for an event you would like to see happen on campus, please bring them to the collective. The Indigenous students collective of the Capilano Students’ Union considers the university access programs, support services, and culturally appropriate curriculum essential as they enhance the enrolment and the completion rates for Indigenous peoples.
KÉXWUSM-ÁYAKN STUDENT CENTRE
The Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre provides a support network for Indigenous students at Capilano University, while helping Indigenous culture to flourish in the university community. The centre is located in Library 194, on the ground floor next to the washrooms and CSU Members Centre. The lounge works to:
- provide a safe place for students of Indigenous ancestry to relax and meet new people
- provide information and resources relevant to all Indigenous peoples. Provide a study space, a meeting place and a place to eat lunch it’s a great opportunity to
- meet new people and have some fun. The Indigenous Lounge is where Indigenous students can gather to study, share, and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere.
Please contact the Indigenous advisor or contact the Indigenous students liaison for the door combination.
Amenities in the lounge include:
- computer and printer
- fridge, microwave, and sink
- free nutritious food, coffee, and tea
- resource library
- notice board for events
We welcome everyone and hope you stop by. Whatever the need, or if you just want a place to find friends on your academic journey, theKéxwusm-áyakn will add to your success while attending Capilano University and in your future endeavours.
Indigenous Student Services
The Indigenous student advisor provides direct services to Indigenous students in a variety of ways including:
- assisting with course selection and registration
- providing information concerning college resources
- advising for special programs
- liaising with Indigenous Band Education officers and college instructors
- consultating regarding personal and educational matters
The advisor also acts as resource to the student-based Indigenous students collective located in the Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre at the North Vancouver campus, the advisor also coordinates advice provided to the university from its Indigenous advisory committee, an external advisory group.