(Student leaders, including SMUSA Vice President Academic & Advocacy, Lexa Ali, standing with Speaker of the House of Commons, Geoff Regan)

The Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA) is joining forces with other Students Nova Scotia member organizations and student leaders from across Canada in the nation’s capitol, Ottawa, for National Advocacy Week, an event hosted by both the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Quebec Student Union (QSU) to discuss a variety of concerns on college and university campuses, and to bring forth recommendations for improvements to prominent figures in the federal government.

Students have put together several recommendations aiming to fill some of the persistent gaps remaining in federal post-secondary support. These include:

  • Effectively supporting students with disabilities;
  • Providing needs-based financial assistance to students in graduate programs;
  • Cutting red tape to ensure international students can access a complete post-secondary education;
  • Committing to the scale and scope of support required by Canada’s treaty obligations to Indigenous peoples; and
  • Fostering the development of, and ensuring access to, innovative educational materials.

CASA is a national voice for Canada’s post-secondary students. Established in 1995, CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada. At its core, CASA advocates on behalf of post-secondary students to the federal government. When Canada’s leaders make decisions affecting our post-secondary education system, they turn to CASA for solutions.

More information on SMUSA’s advocacy efforts: https://smusa.ca/advocacy/

More information on the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA): http://www.casa-acae.com/about

More information on Students Nova Scotia (SNS): http://studentsns.ca/about/