Tansi! My name is Charis Auger and I am nêhiyaw-iskwêw (Cree Woman) from the Bigstone Cree Nation. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies with a certificate in Aboriginal Governance & Partnership.
My goals consist of completing my degree in 2017, so that I may honour the teachings that late Marge Friedel gave me. I would also like to continue supporting the Woven Journeys Program at iHuman Youth Society.
One thing that makes me proud of the U of A is the Transitional Year Program (TYP). This program, along with First Peoples' House, has provided me with a support system that has brought me to where I am today.
I chose to self declare because I am teaching nikosis (my son) Pheonix to be proud of who he is.
In my second year of studies (when my son wasn't with me full time), I felt alone and wanted to quit. Luckily, a friend from class saw that I wasn't my "usual self" and asked if I wanted to go smudge at FPH. We did and while sitting there, she began to share a story with me and at the end of it she let me know that "friends are the family you choose". With that, I realized that FPH was and is my family. That is what FPH means to me, being a good relative. I have come a long way and would like to honour FPH for being there, every step of the way!