Black Students

Circle of First Nations
Métis and Inuit Students Caucus

The Circle of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Students is the only national group of Indigenous students, representing thousands of Indigenous post-secondary students across this side of Turtle Island.

The priorities of the Caucus are set by its membership and defined by the systemic and daily challenges that Indigenous students face in pursuit of post-secondary education.

For the past 30 years, the Circle has highlighted the challenges facing Indigenous students in Canada, including racism on campus, cutbacks in funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), and the exclusion of some students from the program. The Circle has also addressed broader societal issues that impact Indigenous people and society more broadly, including the development of pipelines, inability of some to access clean drinking water, and land claim disputes, to name a few.

Representative Structure

The Circle meets three times a year, at the National General Meetings and at the Circle’s standalone meeting, to discuss issues of concern to Indigenous members. At these meetings, the Circle has the opportunity to discuss current issues and examine the specific concerns of its members on their campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that could be implemented by the Canadian Federation of Students.

Every year, the Circle elects a representative who acts as a spokesperson for the group and sits on the National Executive Committee