FNUC Task Force Presents Findings To Chiefs

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 15:28



A task force looking into the troubled First Nations University of Canada has delivered its final report, which includes a call for a much smaller and less-politicized board of directors.


The report was submitted to the chiefs of Saskatchewan First Nations at a special assembly of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in Saskatoon yesterday.


The task force, which includes former Lac La Ronge Indian Band chief Harry Cook, is recommending the current 32-member board should be reduced to 13 members.


It also feels very few of those board members should be First Nations politicians.


The task force is also adamant that the board go without federal and provincial representation.


The FSIN has yet to officially respond to the recommendations, but is expected to do so in the coming months.


The task force was appointed to deal with controversy the FNUC found itself embroiled in earlier this year.


The institution has been plagued by allegations of political interference, suppression of academic freedom, misappropriation of funds and several firings, suspensions and resignations.