First Nations University loses funding

Misspending, bad governance cited as reasons for redirecting funds

First Nations University of Canada will lose millions of dollars in federal funding as of April 1, but that funding will be redirected to help First Nations students elsewhere, says Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister Chuck Strahl. The Saskatchewan government announced last week that it will also stop its annual funding of $5.2 million to the university. Citing serious problems related to governance and finances, Strahl said, “Finally, we had to take the step that we did, which is to decide to focus on student needs and look after the students in the shorter term … and then reinvest that money we had budgeted for the First Nations University to make sure it does a better job of meeting the needs of First Nations students.” Last year, Indian Affairs gave the university a $7.2 million operating grant.

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