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From a letter by Catherine Verrall published in the Leader-Post of April 20, 2010.

Late that night, in a special sharing circle, we heard the wisdom and vision and determination of the students. We told them: “The whole world is watching you . . . as you peacefully demand that this world-unique university and its values survive stronger than ever . . . for the well-being of all our children, and the planet. We are so inspired by you and so honoured to be welcomed here.”

FNUniv students made a respectful move-in to their university home. They have vowed to stay until the federal government fulfills its responsibility and restores full funding. Only then can this priceless university continue into the future, beyond Aug. 31.

Read the full letter in the Leader-Post.

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FNUniv community, supporters and anyone interested is invited to come learn about the “FNUniv Difference!”

Come find out about the exciting, innovative, interesting and interactive work of faculty members at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina. Read below.. you won’t want to miss this!

Faculty and sessional lecturers from the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) will present academic seminars highlighting various research initiatives on 14 April 2010 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. The presentations will take place in FNUniv’s common area.

As part of the event, Jim Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), will address the current funding crisis resulting from the federal position on FNUniv.

Academic Excellence at FNUniv: Presentations

  • 8:00 Pipe Ceremony
  • 9:00-9:15 Dr. Shauneen Pete
  • 9:15-9:30 Blair Stonechild: “Post-secondary education as ‘the new buffalo'”
  • 9:30-9:45 Jan van Eijk: “Linguistics as a tool against racism”
  • 9:45-10:00 Randy Lundy: Poetry reading
  • 10:00-10:15 Bettina Schneider: “Reclaiming economic sovereignty: Native & aboriginal financial institutions”
  • 10:15-10:30 Coffee break
  • 10:30-10:45 Alfred Young Man: “Teaching Native Art in a non-Native University”
  • 10:45-11:00 Fidji Gendron: “Native Plants as Educational Tools”
  • 11:00-11:15 Linda Goulet
    & Jo-Ann Episkenew

  • 11:15-11:30 Edward Doolittle: “Differential Geometry of Teepees”
  • 11:30-11:45 James Turk: (CAUT)
  • 12:15-1:15 Lunch/ Activities in Gallery
  • 1:15-2:15 Panel on Indigenous education (David Miller, Angelina
    Weenie, Esther-Kathleen Segal, Sylvia McAdam)

  • 2:15-2:30 Jesse Archibald-Barber: “The Re-incarnation of Duncan Campbell Strahl”
  • 2:30-2:45 Arzu Sadarli: “Water quality project”
  • 2:45-3:00 Shannon Avison
  • 3:00-3:15 Olga Lovick “Songbirds and Birdsongs”
  • 3:15-3:30 Closing Remarks

Activities in Gallery

  • Judy Anderson: Hands-on art in gallery; safety pin headdress (interactive)
  • Lionel Peyachew: Drum making demonstration
  • Jeff Sanderson, Sol Ratt & Sheila Kennedy: Interactive Cree

For more information: Bridget Keating bk_keating@yahoo.co.uk

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A message from First Nations University Board of Governors chair Joely Bigeagle:

Good morning FNUniv students, staff and faculty,

Currently, we are facing some difficult and overwhelming challenges with respect to restructuring and downsizing. The board is currently reviewing a business case strategy addressing the short and mid-term plans of FNUniv.

At this time we all need to rely on our ceremonies and culture to lean on.

Fortunately, Reona Brass, Dr. Oliver Brass’s daughter, has the insight to ask for a sweat for the women this Sunday April 11 at 1:00 pm at the Paul Dojack centre area. I invite all the women and ask that you ask our supporters to come to the sweat, bring food and tobacco and cloth if needed. I am requesting that the men, if they feel it is necessary, prepare a sweat for the men due to the extreme stresses and pressures we are all under.

There will be another women’s ceremony this month as well as another co-ed ceremony to be announced later, as outcomes of the last sweat of March 20. Please forgive the message as presented via email vs in person as is customary and preferred.

I will provide a formal Board of Governors update in the following weeks.

Joely BigEagle, Chair
FNUniv Board of Governors

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March 27 & 28th, 2010
Brandt Centre, Evraz Place
Regina, Saskatchewan

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For more information, see the First Nations University web site.

As the first Pow Wow of the year, this much anticipated event is also considered one of the biggest Pow Wows in Saskatchewan, attracting more than 7,000 visitors and participants from across Canada and the United States. Since it first began in 1978, the pow wow has been held every year to celebrate cultural diversity, to unify families and communities, and to demonstrate First Nations traditions through a wide variety of song and dance styles.

The celebration of spring announces new life and gives thanks for sharing in the rebirth of the land. Our students initiated this event thirty years ago and are still a big part of the celebration as volunteers and head staff.

The proceeds from this year’s event goes toward establishing a second scholarship prize.

Building Community Spirit

With the help of over 150 volunteers, the First Nations University of Canada Pow Wow has become one of Regina’s largest spring tourist attractions. In strengthening community relations, all involvement from the Elders, the arts and crafts organizations, the corporate and non-profit organizations, the Regina Police Service, and local businesses contributes to the community spirit of this event.

While the First Nations University of Canada Pow Wow proves to be a powerful way to heighten awareness of First Nation culture with non-First Nations and other ethnic community groups, it also provides a tremendous amount of publicity not only for the First Nations University of Canada, but also for the city and the province.

Eagle Sponsor: Access Communications

Access Communications proudly presents a 3-hour broadcast of the pow wow on ACCESS TV, starting with the grand entry at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010.

DVDs will be available. More information to be announced.

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I am a non-Aboriginal graduate of the University of Regina and took many classes at the FNUniv. The classes at this institute were some of the most important courses I took during my education. These classes taught me of the history of colonization within Canada, discussed the current state of the health of Aboriginal people as it relates to a history of oppression and allowed me to connect with First Nations culture through ceremony and teachings from Elders. As a result of my connection and interest with what I was learning I was able to find a student employment opportunity at the FNUniv. This job allowed me a unique opportunity to learn and take part in First Nations culture, an opportunity I would not have had without this institution. I cannot overstate the impact this institution has had on my life.

My time at the FNUniv. has allowed me, as a non-Aboriginal person to start bridging the cultural gap that I see exists between First Nations and European-Canadians. My experience has moved beyond my life and has ultimately impacted my family and community and will continue with me through my working years, indirectly affecting many others. We need a place where people of all backgrounds can come and learn about Canada’s First Peoples from First Nations people. With the current disparities facing Aboriginal people, I know that we cannot move ahead without this important institution.

Michelle Biden
Regina, Saskatchewan

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Tonight there is an event at the FNUC gym on 710 duke street: 7pm on Wednesday, March 24.

  • Opening prayer
  • Singers
  • Speakers: Students, Faculty, FSIN, AFN, City Council
  • Talent show/open stage

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From an article by Angela Hall in the Leader-Post of March 19, 2010.

“I’m hopeful that the committee, at the end of the hearings, will pass a motion in support of the federal funding being restored,” said Lundy.

But during question period in Ottawa on Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave no reason to believe funding will be reinstated. In response to a question in the House of Commons from Liberal MP Ralph Goodale about the funding, Harper made reference to past issues at the school, saying the government would “ensure those students are protected but no level of government will continue to support the kind of abuse we have seen at that particular institution.”

“We’ve had all of the same concerns that both levels of government have had. We’ve been fighting this fight every day,” Lundy said.

“It seems that our funders at the provincial and federal level are now ready to abandon us and abandon the five years of work that faculty and students have been doing to bring about the changes that have recently happened.”

Read the full article in the Leader-Post.

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