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Media Advisory
FSIN Communications Unit

The FSIN would like to issue the following Media Advisory:

Where: First Nations University of Canada, 1 First Nations Way, Regina SK

When: 1:45 pm, June 15, 2010

FSIN Spokesperson: FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

Issue: Chief Lonechild and National Chief Atleo will be available to discuss their meetings with FNUniv and UofR officials.

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For More Information Please Contact:

Mervin Brass, FSIN Communications
Direct: 306.956-1026
Facsimile: 306.665-0115
Email: mervin.brass@fsin.com

Diane Adams of the First Nations University Students’ Association writes:

AFN National Chief Sean Atleo will be at the FNUniv Regina to meet and greet with students tomorrow, June 15. If you are available please feel free to come by…. It will be a short meet-and-greet from 11:00 – 11:30 am, so be on time!! Location exec boardroom.

See you there!

Diane

From an article by Kerry Benjoe in the Leader-Post of Friday, June 11, 2010.

Joely BigEagle, chairwoman of the FNUniv board of govenors said it’s been a long and difficult process to keep the doors of the university open. She reminded everyone that the fight is not over.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us and I know we’re working on tight timeframes,” said BigEagle. “We’re still going through restructuring. We’re still going through downsizing. We have deficits for this year.”

She said last year’s projected deficit is much higher than anticipated because of the funding was pulled during the semester and restructuring the institute has been costly.

Read the full article in the Leader-Post.

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URFA is pleased for the students, faculty and staff as the announcement of $4M funding meets most of FNUniv’s requirements for this budget year. However, funding needs to be stabilized so that it does not flow through annual granting programs such as the Indian Student Support Program (ISSP) in order for the university to plan with predictability for its future growth. No other Canadian university operates its core programs on the basis of annual grants that must be applied for and this mechanism perpetuates FNniv’s financial jeopardy.

At a time when the Aboriginal population has the greatest growth rate in Canada, this institution should be looking to expand programs, not reduce them. The provincial and federal governments have a responsibility to ensure that the chronic under funding of FNUniv is addressed as they look at ways of dealing with structure and governance.

Contacts:
Dr. Miguel Sanchez, Interim Chair, URFA, 306-585-4378
Patricia Fleming, Executive Director, URFA, 306-585-4586

BBQ Postponed

Diane Adams of the First Nations University Students’ Association writes:

Hello all,

Just to let you know that we are postponing our victory BBQ until next week, date and time to be determined! The weather is looking pretty unpredictable today!

We encourage you all to check out Mosaic this weekend, especially to support the Aboriginal People’s Pavillion. Let’s celebrate all of the cultures that make our City amazing!

Canadian Federation of Students

Thursday, June 03, 2010
OTTAWA–

The federal government’s decision to extend funding to First Nations University for another year buys time but leaves an uncertain future for many Aboriginal students.

“Students are relieved that First Nations University will be able to keep its doors open for another year,” said Cassandra Opikokew, Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students. “However, the federal government must end the uncertainty and commit to sustained long-term, Aboriginal-controlled funding.”

Following years of difficulties, the federal and Saskatchewan governments cut funding to the University in February. Despite an institutional restructuring and the decision by the Saskatchewan government to restore funding, the federal government has refused to commit to funding beyond March 2011.

“While the government has stopped short of restoring permanent funding, we are one step closer to ensuring First Nations University has a future,” added Opikokew. “The restoration of funding is a clear sign that students’ actions are having an impact.”

The First Nations University of Canada is the only institution of its kind in Canada and has been a leader in Indigenous education for over 30 years. First Nations University was designed to be the home of treaty education and to serve as a model for First Nations-controlled education.

Founded in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organisation, uniting more that one-half million students from ten provinces. The National Aboriginal Caucus is the voice for Aboriginal students in Canada with members on campuses from St. John’s to Victoria.

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Contact: Cassandra Opikokew, National Aboriginal Caucus Chair
Tel: 306-537-2043

Contact: Dave Molenhuis, Canadian Federation of Students National Chairperson
Tel: 613-232-7394