Please note that an Indigenous Elder will be present for the duration of the conference.


Friday, October 25th 

Travel Day for Delegates

  • All delegates will travel from their home institution to Ottawa and check in to their hotel room at the Carleton Suites


Saturday, October 26th

  • Pick Up at the Carleton Suite Hotel 8:30am
    • Conference delegates will be picked up by CASA Home Office Staff and transported to the conference location. Please meet in the lobby of the Carleton Suite Hotel for 8:30am sharp. 
  • Elder Opening 9:00-9:30am
    • An Indigneous elder will open up the conference.
  • Ice breakers/ Introductions 9:30-10:15am

  • Introduction to CASA and the Member Sponsorship Program Presentation 10:15-11:30am
    • Why we are here? What does CASA do? Addressing of institutional barriers, Provincial-Territorial-Federal divide of responsibility, and an overview history of the student movement.
  • Lunch - Provided at the Wabano Centre 11:30am-12:30pm

  • Panel discussion 12:30-1:30pm
    • Representatives from organizations that advocate to the Federal Government around issues particular to Indigenous populations will join us for a discussion on effective advocacy. 
      • Names of panelists coming soon.

  • Policy Presentation / Scoping of issues 1:30-3:00pm
    • CASA staff will provide an overview of the policies the organization currently advocates for around Indigenous student life, followed by a policy workshop.

  • Break (3:00- 3:15pm)

  • Principle Brainstorm / Silent conversation 3:15-4:45pm
    How do we better incorporate Indigenous student narratives and lived experiences into CASA’s advocacy efforts? The discussion will be centred around CASA’s 4 pillars (accessibility, affordability, innovative, and high quality education), and any other overarching topic that delegates determine is needed.

  • Debrief of the Day, followed by transportation back to the Carleton Suites 4:45pm

  • Evening Activity -- Approximately 7:30pm
    • Delegates will meet in the lobby of the Carleton Suites Hotel and walk over to a board game loft for an evening of fun board games


Sunday, October 27th

  • Pick Up at the Carleton Suite Hotel 9:00am 
    • Conference delegates will be picked up by CASA Home Office Staff and transported to the conference location. Please meet in the lobby of the Carleton Suite Hotel for 9am sharp.
  • Check In Exercise 9:30-9:45am
    • Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to lead opening exercise
  • Review of Day 1, Information from silent conversation matched with CASA policy. 9:45-10:45am
    • CASA’s staff will demonstrate how the conversations that took place during the first day of the conference have the ability to impact CASA policy development. Staff will coordinate the discussion from the previous day’s Silent Conversation Exercise with current CASA policy.
  • Break 10:45-11:00am

  • Further outline of CASA organizational structure 11:00-11:30am 
    • CASA staff will provide further context to the internal functions of the organization. Topics will include committee structure, roles of the board, and action plans for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Discussion around the year ahead/Selection of 2 returning delegates  11:30am-12:30pm
    • CASA’s staff will provide an overview of the conferences and events for the organization until the end of the 2019/2020 academic year and provide an opportunity for delegates to ask any questions they may have. Delegates will then select two representatives to attend conferences on behalf of this group for the rest of the year.
  • Lunch and Debrief Exercise led by CASA’s Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity 12:30-1:00pm
    • Info forthcoming
  • Feedback on the inaugural event 1:00-1:30pm 
    • CASA’s Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will lead a discussion that will enable delegates to provide feedback on the event. What could we have done differently? What did we do well? 
  • Closing prayer led by Indigenous Elder 1:30pm - 2:00pm


*Please note that the schedule is subject to change*

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