FNUC Gets Passing Grade
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:36
The First Nations University of Canada has been returned to full status within the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
The association announced today that the FNUC has taken sufficient steps to curb problems with both its governance model and board of governors.
Association spokesperson Lise Huot says the decision to keep FSIN chiefs off the school’s board helped fix the problem.
Huot adds the AUCC is confident the university can retain its individuality and distinctness while remaining a member of the association.
Meanwhile, FNUC’s president says he’s ecstatic about today’s news.
Charles Pratt says the university has been through some tough times the past year since it’s been on probation.
The school had to make many cuts in the fall to deal with a forecasted debt for this year of more than $1 million.
Pratt says being a member now can only help the university’s financial situation.
He also says he is proud the FNUC did not compromise its uniqueness in reaching middle ground with the AUCC.
Officials with Indian Affairs say they’re happy to see the school returned to full status.
A business plan by the school calling for Ottawa to address funding gaps is currently being studied.