FNUC To Hire Expert To Sort Out Governance Issues

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 12:32



The First Nations University of Canada is bringing in a governance expert to develop a board of governors structure that will satisfy the university — as well as the national body that has censured it.


For nearly two hours yesterday afternoon, officials from FNUC and the Canadian Association of University Teachers met in Regina.


Last November, CAUT voted to censure the school for what the association says is FNUC’s “ongoing failure to resolve the serious problems with the governance of the university.”


Chief Clarence Bellegarde, the chair of FNUC’s board of governors, says CAUT referred to the structure proposed in the all-chiefs task force report as well as another report.


But Bellegarde says FNUC officials and the communities weren’t satisfied with those recommendations because he says those people were not experts.


Bellegarde says the governance expert, who has yet to be hired, has to provide a report by May 11th.


He says FNUC officials plan to keep CAUT updated on the process.


Bellegarde says, in the meantime, CAUT’s position is the university will remain censured until changes are made to the governance structure.