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Feds give $3 million to FNUC

Students will be able to finish the school year, but future still unclear


Students at First Nations University of Canada should be able to finish the school year after Chuck Strahl, minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, announced that the federal government will provide $3 million in bridge funding. Both the federal and Saskatchewan governments pulled funding from First Nations University earlier this year, because of ongoing governance problems that have included years of allegations of misused funds, fraud, and political interference from the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

The announcement comes not a moment too soon, as the $7.2 million annually that Ottawa gives to the institution was set to end March 31. However, the $3 million in additional funds only lasts until Aug 31 when the school year ends. Strahl has said that any additional funding would be contingent on the university reaching a long-term agreement to alleviate remaining governance concers.

Last week, the university, the Saskatchewan government and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations signed a memorandum of understanding, that would see provincial funding restored. The five-year deal will see $5 million flow to a national accounting firm during the first year of the aggreement. During the remaining four years, the money will go to the University of Regina, who will then distribute it to FNUC.

On Wednesday, FNUC’s Board of Governors was still unsure if it would accept the federal money because it still falls short of what is needed to keep the university running. Board chair Joely BigEagle told the Regina LeaderPost today that they are still in discussions.


Feds give $3 million to FNUC

  1. Why is so much given to natives of this country, and for so long?

    Have we not paid the price for stealing their land 1,00 times oer?

    It has to end some time, and let them become true Canadeians, who work and save for their future, and their childrens future.

  2. Margaret– learn your history. Many of the First Nations peoples experienced first hand, in their lifetime, their families split up, their land taken, their hopes shattered, their culture fractured… etc. all at the hands of the Canadian government.

    We owe them much more than what we do for them. We need much more than a university to help them.

  3. margaret. you…can’t be serious.