As a member of the Canadian Federation of Students, your provincial and national students’ union, you are united with over one-half million college and university students across Canada. The Federation was formed in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally.
Through the Federation, students are able to advocate for their rights and campaign on important issues such as: reducing tuition fees, restoring funding for post-secondary education and increasing up-front grants; Aboriginal education, environmental sustainability; challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism and ending sexual assault.
Over the past two years, thousands of Nova Scotia students have demonstrated in the streets to protest cuts to funding for universities and tuition fee increases. This year students will continue to fight for our rights and push the government to restore funding and reduce tuition fees, for all students.
Decisions Made Democratically
Each students’ union has an equal say in setting the policies, direction and priorities of the Federation including how funds are spent. All major decisions are made at one provincial and two national general meetings annually, at which member students’ unions are represented.
National General Meetings
National General Meetings of the Canadian Federation of Students are held twice a year and are attended by delegates from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, who discuss and vote on the campaigns, services and policies of the Federation.
Motions are served by individual students’ unions and are discussed and amended over the course of the meeting by sub-committees, provincial components, caucuses and constituency groups.
The plenary portion of the meeting (where motions are served and voted on) is the highest decision making body of the Federation.
At the national level the Federation also has structures in place to hear from students from marginalized communities to ensure that services, policies and campaigns reflect all students. Constituency Groups are composed of members who share common characteristics: student artists, students of colour, students with disabilities, francophone students, international students, part-time and mature students, queer students and women students.