AUCC Officials Say Criticism From Report Unfounded

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:52



The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada is taking issue with some comments recently directed its way.


In a report leaked to the media, a consultant for the First Nations University of Canada concluded the AUCC had been “colonialistic” in the way it dealt with the school.


The report also indicated the universities and colleges organization wasn’t interested in furthering Aboriginal higher education.


However, an official with the AUCC is disputing that assertion.


Communications director Christine Tansik-Ford says her group recently lobbied Ottawa to enhance financial aid to Aboriginal students.


She says the organization also developed an action plan that recognized the need for more Aboriginal students.


Tansik-Ford wouldn’t comment on the news that the school plans to reduce the size of its board of directors.


She says the association is waiting for a report from the school’s president about that.


The AUCC is expected to decide its next step after a June 14th meeting.