Issues-Based Resolutions

This page highlights CSA Board of Director resolutions generally consisting of policy that the CSA takes a stance on. It is policy that either opposes, supports and/or condones, but not limited to, actions that the Union or a third-party carries out. An example of such policy is taking a stance on international, national and domestic issues, such as tuition fees.

This archive has been established to meet Bylaw 4 - Policy of the CSA, Subsection 1.1.2, b), and the following resolutions are archived for a period of three years.

Resolutions are presented below within the academic year they were passed, and under the corresponding date that the CSA Board of Directors approved it.


2021-2022

September 29, 2021

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day
RESOLVED that:
a)    The content of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day statement written by the Vice President External as included in the September 29, 2021, Board Package, be endorsed by the CSA Board of Directors.
b)    The CSA Board of Directors encourages our members to join students, faculty, and staff on September 30, 2021 as we come together to a ceremony honouring Residential School Survivors and the children who never returned home.

Copy of letter:
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

For the first time, September 30th will be observed as the National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Reconciliation to acknowledge Canada’s dark legacy of the residential school system and the attempted genocide of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Since 2013, Orange Shirt Day on September 30th is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School commemoration events in which Phyllis Webstad shared the memory of her shiny new orange shirt that was taken from her on her first day. This is a day where Indigenous folk and non-Indigenous folk remember and reflect upon the children who died in these ‘schools’ and the survivors who lived. For non-Indigenous folks, Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with Indigenous people of this land – but only if your commitment to solidarity is ongoing and continuous.

In May 2021, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were recovered in a Residential School in Kamloops, B.C. in unmarked graves. Since then, thousands of more children have been recovered near ‘schools’ they were forced to attend. The truth about residential ‘schools’ has been known to all Indigenous folk, but for non-Indigenous people, this year was the first time we learnt about the systemic violence and harm towards Indigenous children at the hands of our government and churches.

Over seven generations of Indigenous people continue to feel indescribable effects of personal and intergenerational trauma to this day. This is not just a historical issue; it is also a current issue.

Residential ‘schools’ is only a part of Canada’s ongoing colonialism. There is an epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people. Dozens of First Nations communities lack clean drinking water. There is a disproportionate number of Indigenous children in foster care. Six years after the completion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the 94 Calls to Action have barely been completed.

We all have a part to play in Truth and Reconciliation, and since our country is not stepping up, then we, the people, must.

How is this day meant to be observed?

  • Wear Orange
    • If you plan to show your solidarity on September 30th, make sure you purchase an orange shirt from an Indigenous-owned business.
  • Learn about whose land you live
    • Land acknowledgements are important but taking it a step further by learning about whose traditional territories you live on.
  • Do Your Research:
    • Now that you know whose traditional territory you live on, the next steps are to learn about the Indigenous People who were the land’s original caretakers. Google them, look up not only their history but also the current issues their communities face is and how you could help.
  • Read the Truth and Reconciliation Report
    • Look at the recommendations made by the landmark report released in 2015 and its 94 calls to action.
  • Connect with your Elected Officials
    • Ask them directly what they are doing to make a change. Tell them to stop talking about how much they care and to act on the 94 Calls to Action from the TRC.

Join students, faculty and staff on September 30th as we come together to a ceremony honouring Residential School Survivors and the children who never returned home.

The ceremony will take place on Johnston green from 12pm – 2pm and will be led by Elders Dan and Mary Lou Smoke.
 

September 15, 2021

Vote on Campus Program Cancellation Statement
MOTION to approve the content of the Vote on Campus Program Cancellation Statement letter as included in the September 15, 2021 [included below], Board Package and for the Vice President External to send it to Elections Canada on behalf of the CSA.

To Elections Canada,

Students at the University of Guelph are deeply disappointed to learn about Elections Canada’s decision to cancel the Vote on Campus project during the 2021 Federal Election.

The Elections Canada Vote on Campus pilot project launched during the 2015 Federal Election provided students with the opportunity to vote on campus during advance polls. The program also allowed students to cast a special ballot at a location on campus to vote for their home local riding. When asked in 2015, nearly a quarter of the electors who cast their ballots through the Vote on Campus program said they would not otherwise have voted. During the 2019 Federal Election, 111,000 students voted on campus using the Vote on Campus polling stations. Although Elections Canada expressed that COVID related barriers and time constraints are the reasons for cancelling the Vote on Campus program, it is still its responsibility to ensure every Canadian has accessibility to a polling station this fall.

Students already have barriers and difficulties voting in Federal elections, whether it is navigating the registration process for first-time voters, voters with new rental addresses, students who are parents or studying part-time or students who need accessible polling stations to vote at on campus. Cancelling the Vote on Campus project during the 2021 Federal Election fails the integrity of Canadian democracy. This decision will reduce access to voting for postsecondary students and workers, and it will prevent a large population of Canadians from voicing their concerns in their home ridings.

We are asking Elections Canada to:
•    Implement a voting program for students.
•    Consider the impact of removing the Vote on Campus program on students, as well as on-campus workers.
•    Acknowledge that if Elections Canada can have polling stations elsewhere, they must be able to implement polling stations on campus as well.

It is imperative that Elections Canada remedy the barriers that students and workers encounter while voting during this current Federal Election and to provide support to students. In the future, students want to see that the Vote on Campus program is guaranteed for all future elections. 
 

June 23, 2021

CSA Statement on Unmarked Graves at Kamloops Residential School
WHEREAS earlier this month, the heartbreaking news of the hidden deaths and mass graves of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia was brought to the attention of non-Indigenous people across the country;
WHEREAS this recent news reflects Canada’s long and on-going history of colonial violence and cultural genocide. The creation and imposition of residential schools was a part of Canada’s colonial efforts, which was heavily funded by the government of Canada; and
WHEREAS it was not until 1996 that residential schools were officially shut down by the Canadian government and we recognize the intergenerational trauma and insurmountable pain that continues to inflict Indigenous communities and individuals today.
RESOLVED that:
a)    The CSA expresses its solidarity with the families who lost their children at residential schools across the country. For the 215 children that did not make it home from Kamloops Residential School; for the thousands more across Canada that are yet to be found; for those that made it home and still carry their pain with them - we honour you, today and every day.
b)    The CSA extends our support to the Indigenous communities of the University of Guelph, who are impacted by the aftermath of this event and ongoing settler-colonialism. This is tragic news to many of us on this land, however, for our Indigenous communities - which has been confirmation of what has been known all along.
c)    The CSA works with the Indigenous Student Society (ISS) in creating an action plan, which may include healing events and workshops, and provide recommendations at the July 7, 2021 Board Meeting.

Open Letter in Solidarity with Laurentian Students and Workers
WHEREAS Solidarity2StopTheCuts@gmail.com is reaching out to Ontario students and student unions to request that organizations sign a letter demonstrating unity across the province standing for adequate public funding for all colleges and universities in Ontario, including Laurentian University.
RESOLVED that the CSA endorse the Open Letter in Solidarity with Laurentian Students and Workers, as included in the June 23, 2021, Board Package, and that staff sign the associated google document by Solidarity2StopTheCuts@gmail.com on behalf of the CSA.

PSSA, CSA, and MSA Solidarity Statement
MOTION to endorse the statement drafted by the Palestinian Student Society Association (PSSA), Muslim Students' Association (MSA), and the Central Student Association (CSA) as presented in the Board Package for the June 23, 2021, Board Meeting.

 

May 26, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Statement 
WHEREAS the CSA condemns the violence occurring in Palestine and Israel, recognizing that innocent civilians are being attacked, specifically as the most vulnerable and oppressed on the ground are at highest risk of suffering;
WHEREAS the CSA is an organization that is committed to an anti-oppressive mandate and constantly strives to amplify marginalized voices;
WHEREAS the CSA stands in Solidarity with civilians against military violence;
WHEREAS the CSA condemns all forms of hate speech, islamophobia, and anti-Semitism regarding this Israeli-Palestinian issue and advocates for the safety, representation, and inclusion of all students;
WHEREAS the CSA supports an immediate de-escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian violence;
WHEREAS the CSA recognizes the complexity and emotion behind the issue and encourage members to support resolution and de-escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian violence; and
WHEREAS Appendix A: Section 14.5.6 states that "To research and coordinate campaigns which may include antipoverty, anti-corporate, anti-privatization, anti-war, pro-labour, pro democracy, post-secondary funding and support, international students, mature students and students with dependents, poverty, health care, employment, labour, human rights, immigration, criminal law, and economic policy, public funding or social programs.”
RESOLVED that the CSA respond and work alongside impacted CSA members and student organizations to develop a direct action plan on campus, which may include a solidarity statement and options will be presented at a future board meeting.
 


2020-2021

 

March 24, 2021

Motion to Write a Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism
WHEREAS on March 16th, 2021, 8 individuals were fatally attacked in Atlanta, Georgia;
WHEREAS 6 of those 8 individuals fatally attacked were Asian women, and this attack was racially motivated;
WHEREAS anti-Asian attacks and xenophobic acts of violence has increased drastically over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
WHEREAS CSA operates under an anti-oppressive mandate that aims to cultivate a learning environment that is safe and equitable for all; and
WHEREAS our students, particularly our Asian students, have been deeply impacted by these events, along with the ongoing xenophobia and anti-Asian racism we see in our communities.
RESOLVED that the CSA write a statement against anti-Asian racism and xenophobia while also working alongside the Asian student groups at UofG to provide support to those impacted.

Guelph Police Safe Sticker Response Resolution
WHEREAS the CSA operates under an anti-oppressive framework intended to support all students but with an acknowledgement that specific communities require dedicated attention and additional support including but not limited to LGBTQIA2S+ folks, indigenous peoples, visibly racialized peoples, disabled folks, and those experiencing financial hardship;
WHEREAS the University of Guelph and its students represents a significant population of our wider Guelph community;
WHEREAS the Guelph Police Service has created a program meant to speak to the needs of marginalized people without consultation with, and then despite resistance by, respected community organizations consisting of such marginalized folks;
WHEREAS it has been determined by respected community organizations and businesses that the Guelph Police Service's new program serves only to justify increased police presence in the downtown core;
WHEREAS increased visible police presence has shown to deter marginalized folks from utilizing public spaces and increasing anxiety and fear of police violence, harassment, and false arrests for marginalized populations; and
WHEREAS Guelph community organizations, businesses, and individuals have been meeting to create a response document that is soon to be released publicly that reflects the frustration with the Guelph Police Service's new program, both in it's policy and in its creation without proper consultation.
MOTION to create a collective response document in consultation and solidarity with special status groups on campus to the Guelph Police Service's "Safe Place" sticker program.

February 10, 2021

Support Farmers in India
WHEREAS the Indian government passed three agricultural bills in September that favour corporations and threaten the livelihoods of farmers;
WHEREAS farmers across Indian have been protesting these bills throughout the past several months;
WHEREAS this movement is the largest protest in the world with millions marching in solidarity;
WHEREAS farm protestors are being met with violence, tear gas, and police brutality;
WHEREAS media has been blocked and internet has been cut off by the government in attempt to hide the human rights violations taking place;
WHEREAS the CSA and the Indian Students Association would like to educate UofG students and garner support for protesting farmers; and
WHEREAS the CSA and the Indian Students Association have written a joint solidarity statement.
RESOLVED that the CSA work alongside the Indian Students Association to raise awareness around this issue and to release the following solidarity statement to show our support.

January 27, 2021

CSA COVID-19 Statement Regarding Campus Outbreak
RESOLVED that the CSA Executive Committee release a statement on the University of Guelph COVID-19 outbreak that speaks to the impact that the actions of those involved have on our community and undergraduate students, guiding the Executive’s discussions with media and the University of Guelph.

CSA Health Plan Referendum Campaign
WHEREAS the CSA Board of Directors ratified a referendum question brought forward by the CSA/GSA Health & Dental Plan Committee regarding the Universal Health Plan;
WHEREAS the current Universal Health Plan is set at a fee of $140 per year and has the potential to increase by the Consumer Price Index annually (e.g. 2.1% in 2020-2021);
WHEREAS the proposed plan with an opt-out option would be set at a fee of $186 and has the potential to increase by a maximum of 4% annually;
WHEREAS Bylaw 1 - Organizational, Section 1.2.1.c) states that we offer members services to save money like health and dental plans, affordable bus passes, and more;
WHEREAS the Executive Committee recognizes that 81% of undergraduate students decided not to opt-out of the dental plan in the 2020-2021 academic year, indicating similar patterns may occur if an opt-out option was introduced for the health plan; and
WHEREAS the CSA has a responsibility to make an informed endorsement prior to asking students to decide on the referendum question.
RESOLVED that:
a) the CSA campaign against the proposed health plan with an opt-out option and represent the No Referendum Team; and
b) the CSA ensures that students receive information on both plans, so CSA Members can make an informed choice, in a manner that is inclusive and does not contribute to divisiveness.

January 13, 2021

Online Assessment Call to Action
WHEREAS the covid pandemic has necessitated the cessation of traditional in-person testing and examinations;
WHEREAS automated proctoring software similar to what the University has adopted since the onset of the pandemic has since been described as ineffective spyware by leading computer scientists [1];
WHEREAS leading academic institutions across North America have banned the use of automated proctoring software in favour of fairer and more accurate student assessment methods [2];
WHEREAS 4,900 University of Guelph students have signed a petition to “End the use of LockDown Browsers” at the University of Guelph [3];
WHEREAS the CSA conducted a survey of University of Guelph undergraduate students showing that automated proctoring software (sometimes referred to as remote invigilation tools), such as Respondus, perpetuate racial bias towards people of colour by inaccurately identifying potential academic misconduct committed by such individuals at almost twice the rate of students who identified as white [4];
WHEREAS that same survey indicated that using lockdown browsers to conduct assessments was the least favoured method by students, and alternatives such as live proctoring through video conferencing software, open book tests, take-home exams, and final assignments were more favoured by the survey’s respondents;
WHEREAS various automated proctoring software solution have numerous privacy concerns associated with them;
WHEREAS groups on campus have brought these concerns to the attention of the University of Guelph administration on numerous occasions since March 2020 [5]; and
WHEREAS it has been over nine months since the beginning of the pandemic and the University of Guelph has yet to develop a cohesive strategy to deal with these issues.
RESOLVED that the CSA:
a) Condemn the University of Guelph’s apparent absence of urgency in developing alternatives to automated proctoring software.
b) Calls on the University of Guelph to consult with students and faculty on developing alternative assessment methods.
c) Calls on the University of Guelph to limit the weight of a student’s final grade assessed via automated proctoring software to no more than 15 percent.
d) Encourages the University of Guelph to reallocate financial resources to facilitate the transition away from using automated proctoring software, such as Respondus, and reimagine how assessments can be conducted to most fairly and accurately assess students’ knowledge and ability, both now and in the post-pandemic academic environment.
e) Executives continue to advocate on behalf of students to ensure that they their course work is fairly and accurately assessed.

November 25, 2020

Statement in Solidarity with Land Defenders Across Turtle Island
WHEREAS Indigenous communities across Turtle Island made a national solidarity call-out last week, asking Canadians to join land defenders who are on the frontline fighting for Indigenous sovereignty;
WHEREAS this week of action is being called for by front line Indigenous and land defenders, including Gidemt’en Checkpoint, Tiny House Warriors, 1492 Land Back Lane, Kanienkehaka Land Back Camp, Mi’kmaq 1752 frontline, and Protect the Inlet;
WHEREAS the Wet’suwet’en are defending their unceded territory from the CGL pipeline;
WHEREAS the Mi’kma’ki are facing racial violence for exercising their treaty rights;
WHEREAS the Haudenosaunee at Six Nations are defending their territory from housing developers;
WHEREAS the Algonquin are asking for a Moratorium on sport hunting, because moose on their territory are being hunted towards extinction;
WHEREAS the Kanehsatake are defending their territory from an archeological dig by the Oka municipality;
WHEREAS the Secwepemc are defending their territory from the TMX pipeline; and
WHEREAS 61 Indigenous communities do not have clean drinking water.
RESOLVED that the CSA work alongside the Indigenous Student Society (ISS) to respond to this call to action and host a fundraising initiative to provide financial support to these communities.

November 11, 2020

Endorsement of the Future Majority Initiative.
MOTION: To work alongside and support Future Majority initiatives and campaigns and to write a letter to Lloyd Longfield endorsing and advocating for a Green and Just Recovery.
WHEREAS Future Majority is a Canadian non-partisan, non-profit organization that was founded by young Canadians to amplify the concerns of young Canadians;
WHEREAS Future Majority is running a campaign to advocate for a Green and Just Recovery post COVID-19 pandemic;
WHEREAS Future Majority defines a Green and Just Recovery as: ‘Climate action and low-carbon economy; universal mental healthcare; more jobs, better pay; racial justice and equity; and accessible university education’; and
WHEREAS the values of Future Majority are in line with those of the CSA.
RESOLVED that:
a) the CSA work alongside and support Future Majority initiatives and campaigns.
b) the CSA write a letter to Lloyd Longfield (Member of Parliament, Guelph, ON) endorsing and advocating for a Green and Just Recovery.

October 28, 2020

CSA Public Statement in Solidarity with Protesters against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)
AMENDED MOTION: To ensure that the CSA write a public statement in solidarity with protesters against the Special-Anti Robbery Squad (SARS)
WHEREAS the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a specialized police unit in Nigeria with a history of unlawful arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings;
WHEREAS in June 2020, Amnesty International released a report that documented cases of torture, ill-treatment and extrajudicial killings by SARS;
WHEREAS thousands of Nigerians have been protesting SARS for the past several weeks, only to be met with increased violence from the police; and
WHEREAS on October 20th, the Nigerian army and police officers fired into the crowd killing at least 12 protesters.
RESOLVED
a) That the CSA write a public statement in collaboration with the Guelph Black Student Association (GBSA) to stand in solidarity with Nigerians protesting against SARS and condemning police brutality.
b) That @feministco and @ officialendsarsresponse (Instagram links) be included in the letter as a means for readers to provide direct funds and to provide education on the issue.

Guelph City Council Composition Reforms
MOTION: To ensure that the CSA advocate for greater public representation in the Guelph City Council Composition Reforms.
WHEREAS the City of Guelph is currently in the process of doing a City Council Composition and Ward Boundary Review;
WHEREAS a team of consultants were hired in January to launch a public consultation process regarding potential reforms to the City of Guelph’s council composition;
WHEREAS this consultation period took place for a three-week period, ending September 4th;
WHEREAS survey results and public input indicated that 66.1% of citizens want a council that is either the same size or bigger;
WHEREAS Guelph’s City Council currently consists of 12 councillors, two from each ward;
WHEREAS Guelph Council Composition consultants’ report proposes changing the composition of Guelph’s City Council to eight full-time councillors, with one elected per ward;
WHEREAS this proposal is contrary to the survey results and input from the public;
WHEREAS Guelph is a city that continues to grow, and therefore needs greater representation and not less; and
WHEREAS Guelph’s City Council will be meeting November 5th to make a final vote on council composition.
RESOLVED that the CSA advocate for greater public representation with two councillors for each ward as opposed to only one councillor per ward.

September 16, 2020

Co-host and Endorse the All Out September 30th Strike Against Anti-Black & Anti-Indigenous Racism
WHEREAS the CSA is an organization that is committed to an anti-oppressive mandate and constantly strives to amplify marginalized voices;
WHEREAS the CSA voted to support the Guelph Black Students Association’s letter of demands addressed to the University of Guelph Administration at the CSA Board meeting on September 3, 2020;
WHEREAS we are seeing movements and strike actions against anti-Black and anti-Indigenous taking place globally;
WHEREAS a group of Black, Indigenous, and Racialized student leaders, staff and faculty and allies from the University of Toronto Mississauga, University of Toronto Scarborough, York University alongside Black student organizations across the Greater Toronto Area have reached out to the CSA with an invitation to co-host/endorse the All Out September 30th Strike against anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism;
WHEREAS the strike demands include: A free and accessible education for all - with increased targeted grants & bursaries for Indigenous, Black & Racialized students, the implementation and prioritization of specialized programs, the implementation of race-based data province-wide, the recognition and implementation of orange shirt day province-wide, and campus-wide, the immediate removal of the Egerton Ryerson statue at Ryerson university, and to defund the police and demilitarize the police.
RESOLVED that the CSA co-host with the GBSA and ISS and further endorse the All Out September 30th Strike against anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.

September 3, 2020

Guelph Black Student's Association Letter & List of Demands
WHEREAS the CSA's Mandate is to "Represent and amplify the voice of undergraduate students at the University of Guelph, particularly to decision makers;" and to "Contribute to a positive atmosphere of acceptance, inclusion, belonging and safety on campus";
WHEREAS APPENDIX I: Section 2.1 states that "The CSA endorses and will work to enact the following Declaration of Student Rights: We declare that a full policy of non-discrimination against students must be enforced at all educational institutions within Canadian society. Further, every person has the right to equal treatment without being discriminated against because of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender orientation, ability, family status, sexual orientation, political belief or socio- economic background.";
WHEREAS APPENDIX I: Section 2.3.: The CSA endorses and will work to enact the following Declaration of Rights of Racialized students: The right of racialized students to organize as racialized people, since organizations pertaining to racialized people within the student movement are necessary to actively raise the issues faced by racialized students, to provide a place for racialized people to develop organizational and political skills, and to provide a forum where racialized people can develop a sense of unity and cooperation";
WHEREAS APPENDIX I: Section 2.3 states "The right of racialized students to a students’ union which recognizes, promotes and funds an organization for racialized people on campus to facilitate involvement in issues pertaining to racialized people"; and
WHEREAS APPENDIX I: Section 2.3 states "The right to an educational environment free of racist harassment, and racial violence"
RESOLVED: that the Central Student Association fully supports the undated letter and list of demands sent from the Guelph Black Students Association (GBSA) addressed to the University of Guelph Administration.


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