Bradley Thom

Administrative Councillor

Sarah Powell

Advocacy Councillor

Simone Blais

Four At-Large Councillors

Sue Bishop, Yvonne Houssin, Ayanna Clappis, Elinor Atkins

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 Bradley Thom

Firekeeper - Bradley Thom

Hi, I'm Bradley Thom and I am Dene from the Deh Gah Gotie First Nations, also known as Fort Providence, Northwest Territories. I'm in my 3rd year of political science, while also taking Indigenous Studies as a minor.

I really enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. I know that sounds super cliché, but that's the exact reason why I wanted to become a part of the NSU council. I'm honoured to begin my first year as an active member of the NSU Council. I also wanted to be a part of the NSU Council because the NSU community was like my UVic family. They were always there for me and the First Peoples House was always open. I hope to see you around and let's have a great year!

Sarah Powell

Administrative Councillor - Sarah Powell

Hello! My name is Sarah Powell and I am very excited to be a part of the NSU this year. I am from Quesnel, BC, although my Indigenous heritage is the Taku River Nation in Atlin, BC. I am Tlingit from my mother’s side, and I am always looking for more opportunities to learn about my culture. I am currently in my first year of a geography degree with an Indigenous Studies minor, although this is my third year at UVic. I did two years of chemistry before deciding it wasn’t for me. I enjoy reading, playing video games, and hanging out at the beach. I have a 10-gallon fish tank and a dog back home named Kenya. I’m looking forward to meeting more Indigenous students on campus so please feel free to come to our weekly NSU meetings! Time and location is posted on our Facebook page. Gunalcheesh! (thank you with respect in Tlingit)

Simone Blais

Advocacy Councillor - Simone Blais

Boozhoo! My name is Simone.  My mother is Métis from Winnipeg and my family comes from St. Norbert, which is a Métis community in Manitoba. My father is from Trinidad. I'm the region 8 (Toronto/North York) youth rep for the Métis Nation of Ontario and I work for the Métis Nation every summer doing cultural workshops. I'm in my third year in Indigenous Studies/ Creative Writing and I'm also a dancer. If your ever looking for a friendly brown face to talk to, I'm your girl!

Sue Bishop

Councillor at Large - Sue Bishop

Boozhoo, I am Sue and I am Ojibway and Italian. I am decided between two majors right now, BSW and CYC with a minor in Indigenous Studies. This is my first year on council, after becoming a member this year. I was lucky and got to attend R.I.S.E (Racialized and Indigenous Students Experience) at the end of last semester. This was the first summit of its kind. Hoping the NSU can be represented again throughout the year at conferences/summits pertaining to Indigenous student matters.

I enjoy giving people who don’t have a voice, a voice. I also volunteer a couple times a week at Our Place. I look forward to meeting new members and being part of the council this year. Miigwetch.

Yvonne Houssin

Councillor at Large - Yvonne Houssin

Tansi! My name is Yvonne, I'm from Red River Métis descent, and I use she/her pronouns. I'm currently in my second year studying Gender and Indigenous Studies. I am extremely grateful to study as an uninvited guest on WSANEC and Lekwungen territory. I moved around a lot when I was little, but grew up for the most part on Stz'uminus territory in Ladysmith, BC. I enjoy music, good and bad jokes, beading, learning, and meeting new people. I am passionate about protecting the beautiful lands we are so privileged to live on, supporting and bettering the lives of Indigenous people and incorporating culture into our everyday lives. I'm very excited to represent Indigenous students this year as a Councillor-At-Large! Kishchee tey mo'yaan aen li michif wi'yaan!