Trishtina Godoy-Contois

Trishtina Godoy-Contois
Vice-President External
Indigenous Circle at AUSU Council Rep
vpex@ausu.org

Taanishi fellow students.

I am a mature Metis and Oji-Cree Indigenous student who, during the COVID pandemic, made the transition to pursuing my bachelor’s full-time. I am in hot pursuit of a political economics major and have a long professional history of working in economic development within not only the Indigenous community but the greater community within Alberta as well.

I share this information with you all to advocate on behalf of my skills. As a sitting member of the Indigenous Circle at AUSU, I take my role seriously and apply my skills, experience, and knowledge to addressing issues that impact Indigenous students. I believe in sharing information transparently and developing tangible resources that go beyond simply advocating for scholarship money. I have in-depth experience with navigating Indigenous funding requirements that I will work diligently to make accessible to Indigenous students of AU.

As Indigenous peoples from our own respective communities, a land acknowledgment carries complex and mixed emotions. According to Northwestern University, “the purpose of a land acknowledgment is to pay respects to the longstanding history that has brought us all to reside on the land, and to seek to understand our place within that history”. However, that purpose has been given by an institution that does not represent how many Indigenous peoples feel, especially not my truth. I prefer to draw upon the wisdom of Mary Lyons a Leech Lake Band Ojibwe who said, “When we talk about land, land is part of who we are.  It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they are around us. As you all do.”

With that spirit in mind. I acknowledge my ancestors who come from Nêhiyaw, Ojibwe, and Metis roots, from Peguis, Split Lake, and Camperville Manitoba, who carry the deep love of the wetlands through their blood. I acknowledge the Treaty 7 territory, where I currently reside, along with the Treaty 7 nations, the Piikani, Siksika, Kainai, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina First Nations. I acknowledge the ancestral territory of Siksikaitsitapi, the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the home of the Metis region three of Southern Alberta, of which, I am a proud citizen. I was born at the foothills of the mountains and carry the great spirits of the mountains with me.  Thank you ancestors and thank you Turtle Island for continuing to provide.