Legal

The Students’ Union operates democratically and under structures dictated by laws, and adopted democratically by members. This page provides access to the Students’ Union’s governing documents and key records. If you cannot find something you are looking for or have a question arising from anything you see on this page, simply contact us and we will do our best to provide you with the information you seek. For the legal frameworks under which students’ unions’ operation, please consult:

  • the BC Societies Act; and
  • the College and Institutes Act.

Representative Elections

During certain parts of the school year, the College of New Caledonia Students’ Union holds its’ annual student representative election. The primary election is held midway through the Spring semester and is dictated by the votes of the student body. Any students looking to run for their program goes through the student union to make their running official. Afterwards, the students’ union selects two days in which students will vote for the representative they feel best represents them.

Elected representatives are the governing body for decision making in the students’ union. They collaborate with the staff of the union, and other elected representatives through the British Columbia Federation of Students.

The current union representatives are as follows:

  • Business and Technology Representative: Navjot Singh Brar
  • Health and Sciences Representative: Shaun Edwards
  • Trades Programs Representative: Ian Petrie
  • Indigenous Representative: Brandan Jack
  • Quesnel Representative: Brittany Idiens

The British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS)

The College of New Caledonia Students’ Union is a part of the BCFS and is Local 4 among the other students’ unions. Our role in the BCFS is to help influence and push the focus of the BCFS and other students’ unions across British Columbia. Representatives from all students’ unions apart of the BCFS meet bi-annually at a specified location in British Columbia to meet and share ideas and goals.

From the BCFS website:

In 1975, students across British Columbia saw the need to work together with a single, united movement in order to be an effective force for provincial and national change. Today, the Federation brings together over one hundred and thirty thousand students from thirteen university and college students’ unions across British Columbia.

The Federation provides a venue for students to effectively communicate, collaborate, organize, and mobilize to advocate collective interests locally, provincially, and nationally. The Federation also provides valuable services for individual members and member local students’ unions.

All positive changes to public education in the last century have come from people working together to fight for something better. When it comes to building better communities and better public services, we are stronger when we work together than when we are working alone. Governments—both provincial and federal—are often reluctant to implement policies that benefit students and their families. A chorus of voices calling for a common goal is a powerful tool to bring about change. Working together through the Federation gives students across BC a united voice and influence on public policy.