Wednesday, April 21, 2010 — For Immediate Release
The First Nations University of Canada Students’ Association is extremely pleased following the return of Murray Westerlund to the First Nations University.
On Monday, April 19, students learned that the CFO fired by the previous administration was invited, and agreed, to return to the University.
“This is a major step forward for the institution, and we are thrilled to have Murray back,” said Diane Adams, President of the Regina Students’ Association. “Murray Westerlund was the whistleblower—and his return means the chapter on our University’s troubled financial past is definitely over,” she said.
The Students’ Association is now calling on the federal government to direct a minimum of 7.2 million dollars to the institution. “The return of Westerlund is yet another piece of undeniable evidence that the First Nations University has turned the page,” said Adams. “The right people are now in charge of our University, there is no reason to further delay restoration of the full federal dollars.”
Students are anxiously waiting for good news from the federal government.
Students of the First Nations University continue to live in the University, a place they feel is their second home. “We are not leaving until Chuck Strahl announces long-term funding for the First Nations University,” said Desarae Eashappie, of the Regina Students’ Association.
“We are on day 29 of the live-in. We won’t leave until we know the First Nations University will be here for years to come. This University is the key to our future,” Eashappie said.
The First Nations University of Canada Students’ Association is calling on Stephen Harper to address his self-proclaimed “obligation” to the students of the University by ensuring a minimum of 7.2 million dollars is directed to the First Nations University of Canada.
“The Federal government is obligated protect the students of the First Nations University by reinstating our full funding and more,” said Adams. “Anything less than 7.2 million dollars will be outright devastating to the university and the students completing degrees here,” she said.
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