Brenden Gali is a second generation Filipino Settler on Turtle Island born and raised on Treaty 1 territory. Currently studying at the University of Winnipeg, he is pursuing his bachelor of arts doubling majoring in English and Film. Prior he spent two terms elected to the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) as both Vice President Student Affairs, and Vice President Internal Affairs (2017-2019). In 2018-2019 Brenden served as the Racialized Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students – Manitoba executive committee. In this role, he worked with students at large and the national executive in organizing the second Prairies RISE event held at First Nation University in Saskatchewan.
While attending the University of Winnipeg, Brenden has had the privilege in supporting student initiatives such as Divestment Campaigns, mental health supports on campus, anti-racist workshops and panels, and continuously been advocating for lower tuition and accessible education.
Elected in April 2019, Brenden hopes to continue the work of the organization and collaborating with partners for a better and more equitable post-secondary education.
Annie is currently acquiring a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Honours at the University of Manitoba, School of Art. She has been active on the School of Fine Arts Student Association (SOFA SA) previously as the Indigenous Students’ Representative, and currently as the Co-President for a second elected term. She has also been active through the University of Manitoba Indigenous Students’ Association (UMISA) as the 2017/18 Fine Arts Representative.
Annie, for the past two years, has been the Circle of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit representative for the Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba. She has used this position to create networks with Indigenous students across Canada through The Circle and The Circle’s annual Stand Alone meeting. She has helped initiate the ReconciliAction Campaign at the University of Manitoba campus and has helped organized both National and Prairies Raciliazed and Indigenous Student Experience (RISE) Summits. She has also actively worked alongside students at large to combat Bill 31 and tuiton hikes in Manitoba.
Annie hopes to continue working with and representing all students as the Deputy Chairperson in efforts that education is accessible and a positive experience for all.
Alannah Mckay is an Anishininew Ikwe from Berens River Manitoba and Muskrat Dam Ontario, raised in Treaty 1 territory. Alannah is pursuing an Advanced undergraduate degree majoring in Indigenous Studies, minoring in Criminology at the University of Manitoba. Alannah has been active with the University of Manitoba Indigenous Students’ Association (UMISA) where she served as the Co-President and Director of Finance; she also represented over 2400 self-declared Indigenous students as the Indigenous Community Representative for the University of Manitoba Students Union (UMSU).
Alannah, played a fruition role in the implementation of the ReconciliACTION Campaign with the University of Manitoba Indigenous Students’ Association, ensuring that students have access and the resources to learn Indigenous languages. Alannah is an advocate for decolonizing post-secondary institutions. She believes advocating is a part of reclamation and the path forward to reconciliation.
Alannah hopes to continue to represent and work alongside students as the CFSMB Treasurer to make sure students rights and voices are heard by all levels of government.
Meet Your 2019-2020
Local 08 – UWSA Representative:
Local 37 – BUSU Representative:
Local 38 – AEUSB Representative:
Local 96 – UMGSA Representative:
Local 103 – UMSU Representative:
Jelynn Dela Cruz
Circle of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students’ Commissioner:
International Students’ Commissioner:
LGBTTQ* Students’ Commissioner:
Part-Time & Mature Students Commissioner:
Abosede Janet Akintola
Manitoba Organizer: Elizabeth Shearer
Campaigns Assistant: Jonathan Northam