From an article posted on CBC.ca on March 31, 2010.
Shane Keepnes, an FNUC student, is worried about the university’s future and said the money promised is not enough.
“I really want to continue on and I really have high hopes for this institution, but $3 million just isn’t going to cut it,” he said. What about enrolment in the fall? Students that want to come to this great institution might not have that opportunity, so the funding really needs to be extended.”
“What is not clear to us, and is not completely evident, is whether all of the planned reforms that are being talked about are going to happen,” Strahl said. “They’ve got other issues that so far have not been addressed, including things like severance packages, outstanding debt, money that has gone missing and a bunch of other academic problems.”
The money, provided from the Indian Studies Support Program, won’t flow directly to FNUC, Strahl said.
“FNU is an institution in a lot of trouble and it has to run their programming and their financing and their accountability through the University of Regina,” Strahl said. “And so the money that we will make available will have to flow through the University of Regina.”
Sources said the money is for student programming and not intended to repay the aboriginal school’s debt or to cover operational costs.
FNUC is still trying to negotiate a deal with the federal government that would see its $7 million a year in funding reinstated.
“Three million dollars is a slap in the face to the students,” said Diane Adams, president of FNUC’s students association. “It’s purely a tactic to slow the death of the [school].
“It does not offer any kind of support to the students. It does not protect the students and the students here are tired of the federal government telling them what is good for them.”
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