SIFC becomes First Nations University of Canada

Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 13:53




The Saskatchewan Indian Federated College or SIFC has a new name along with a new home.


The First Nations University of Canada was officially opened on Saturday June 21st which was also National Aboriginal Day.


The 30 point 6 million dollar building is located on 32 acres northeast of the University of Regina Campus.


The 14 thousand square foot structure was designed by world-renowned aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal.


FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde took part in the opening ceremonies. Bellegarde says the evolution and growth of the former SIFC to the institution they are celebrating now stands as a testament that First Nations people can build their own First Nations led and controlled institutions.


Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex was also in attendance and called the event a great milestone for Canada and First Nations and invoked the historic ties between the monarchy and the country’s Indigenous people.