Selkirk College Students’ Union Campaigns
Working Collectively to Represent Your Interests
Students at Selkirk College are members of the Canadian Federation of Students, British Columbia Federation of Students, and the Selkirk College Students’ Union. As a result we have representatives working on our behalf with all levels of government. Our representation was intentionally designed to match the democratic systems in Canada in an effort to maximize the ability of students to advocate on our own behalf.
A History of Success
The Local prides itself on its past successes. In 2017, after campaigning with other member locals of the British Columbia Federation of Students we were able to secure a return of adult basic education(ABE) funding with our Don’t Close the Doors campaign. This decision has returned ABE to it’s tuition fee free status for all students.
Through work with out coalition partners we are also able to lobby for changes that benefits our members. Students have supported the Fostering Change campaign of the Vancouver Foundation, calling for a system to fully fund students who have been in government care. In September of 2017 the British Columbia provincial government announced a fully-funded tuition fee waiver for those who have been in the government care system.
Our ability to create effective change is due to our collective campaigning with other member locals of the British Columbia Federation of Students. These successes include the implementation of residences in Nelson, a 2 percent cap on tuition fee increases in British Columbia, an $800 million increase in federal funding for post secondary education in 2007, and Canada’s first national system of student grants, announced in February 2008.
Locally, the students’ union is the official voice for students at Selkirk College, and provides representation and advocacy. There are student representatives on many committees of the College, as well as four seats on the Education Council and two on the Board of Governors. Students are always needed to act as representatives on committees. If interested in putting your name forward, email your elected representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocacy campaigns are designed to educate the public about student issues, to mobilize students, to influence decision-makers, and to affect change in government policies. The Local works with other students’ unions in the Canadian Federation of Students and British Columbia Federation of Students to implement campaigns to fight for a universally accessible, high quality system of public post-secondary education.
Fight For $15
Funding our studies has never been harder or more expensive. Since 2014, the Selkirk College Students’ Union has been working with the BC Federation of Labour, and workers across North America to fight for fair wages. British Columbia have the highest cost of living in Canada but if you are working full-time our minimum wage would still keep you below the poverty line. Students need to be able to survive on minimum wages in order to fund their studies for future careers. If the government really wants to strengthen the middle class, a livable minimum wage is an essential part of doing so.
To sign the petition to raise minimum wage click Fight for $15
Fighting for a More Sustainable Campus
Through organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Students and the Sierra Youth Coalition, students are mobilizing across Canada to put climate change and other environmental issues on the political radar.
Effecting change through this campaign has two equally important elements: individual action and policy change. We can all make important choices to reduce our own wasteful or unhealthy consumption, but at the same time, we cannot let local, provincial, or federal politicians off the hook. Maximizing sustainable practices has to take the form of regulatory and policy changes at the government level. For example, organizing a boycott of harmful products is important, but so is a coordinated lobbying campaign to make the product illegal or more effectively regulated.
Fighting for a More Just Society
In addition to advocacy on education and environmental issues, the students’ union also works on a range of social justice issues, including homelessness, violence against women, justice for Aboriginal peoples, and improving rights for persons with disabilities. Here are some highlights of ongoing or recent work.