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Date: June 2, 2010
Goodale Calls for Long-Term Support of First Nations University of Canada
OTTAWA – Following the announcement earlier today of a federal commitment to invest up to a maximum of $4 million in transitional funding to First Nations University of Canada, Wascana Member of Parliament Ralph Goodale renewed calls on the government for long-term, sustainable funding of this important institution.
“Today the government acknowledged the hard work of FNUC’s new administration and the community support surrounding this unique university,” said Mr. Goodale. “Though this commitment is a step in the right direction, the future of this institution will depend on more than hand-to-mouth funding. We need to keep the pressure on the government until FNUC receives long-term financial security.”
Video of Mr. Goodale’s question available upon request.
Official Transcript from the House of Commons:
Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, after about a dozen inquires from this side of the House and a tremendous amount of effort on the part of First Nations University, the government is now offering some financial certainty for one coming year. That is welcome, but it is not sufficient.
First Nations University has corrected its situation and has earned the support of the provincial government, the University of Regina, the Regina and Saskatchewan Chambers of Commerce, the Canadian Association of University Teachers and others.
When does the minister expect to be in a position to make a long-term financial commitment to First Nations University?
Office of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, M.P., Opposition House Leader
Cabinet de l’honorable Ralph Goodale, député, Leader de l’opposition à la Chambre