University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) Statement – First Nations University
February 4, 2010
The University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) has listened to the media reports about the First Nations University over the last few weeks with increasing dismay. We are deeply concerned about how the continuing governance problems and the recently announced loss of $5.2 million in provincial funding will affect the faculty and staff at that institution, as well as the students.
Our members play a critical role in the University’s ability to fulfill its mission of enhancing the quality of life, and preserving and protecting the heritage of First Nations people. The knowledge base of the faculty is irreplaceable and our members are to be commended for their unflagging dedication and commitment not only to their students but to the institution itself, particularly in light of the challenges the institution has been facing since 2005.
URFA does not want to see the faculty and staff or the students suffer – they have not caused the current problems.
URFA will do its utmost to help our members maintain their employment, and in doing so, ensure that First Nations University students receive the quality education they deserve. This is crucial to the future economic success of this province and is in the best interests of the people of Saskatchewan and all Canadians.
We call on all parties to ensure that First Nations University can continue to fulfill its mandate into the future under an appropriate governance model. In the event this cannot be achieved we urge the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the Government of Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada, and the University of Regina to protect our First Nations University members as necessary changes are introduced.
Contacts: for further information contact Dr. Janice Foley, Chair, URFA, 306-585-4731 or Paul Gingrich, Acting Executive Director, URFA, 306-585-4586.
 The University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) is the trade union that is the bargaining agent for fourteen hundred academic, administrative, professional and technical staff at the University of Regina and its three federated colleges. We represent 66 faculty members and 35 administrative, professional and technical employees at First Nations University.
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