The NSSA serves the needs of students registered through the Faculty of Native Studies and students enrolled in Native Studies courses at the University of Alberta.

We acknowledge our University and Students’ Union are located on Treaty 6 Territory. We are grateful to be on Blackfoot, Cree, Nakota Sioux, Saulteaux, and Métis Nation territory; specifically the ancestral space of the Papaschase Cree. These Nations are our family, friends, faculty, staff, students, and peers. As members of the University of Alberta Students’ Union we honour the nation-to-nation treaty relationship. We aspire for our learning, research, teaching, and governance to respect Indigenous knowledges and traditions working towards a decolonial future. 

We focus on student-student, faculty-student, and student-community relationship building, increasing opportunities for students to connect classroom knowledge with communities, advocating for Native Studies students within the Faculty of Native Studies (including other partnered faculty disciplines) and the University of Alberta academic and community environment, and increasing awareness regarding indigenous and non-indigenous relationship dynamics.

Through scheduled office hours, interdisciplinary faculty and organization partnership events, faculty community building activities, and a robust interactive online presence, we are able to meet the service expectations of our students and faculty.


a. Represent Native Studies students to the University of Alberta and the greater community;

b. Advocate for Native Studies students interests; and

c. Foster community among Native Studies students.