Suspended FNUC Official On The Way Out

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 14:11



The First Nations University of Canada is trying to clarify the circumstances surrounding the most recent dismissal at the school.


On Monday, the university announced the termination of the head of the Department of International and Special Indigenous Projects, Leonzo Barreno.


Barreno had been on suspension with pay since February 17th.


Barreno has been highly critical of the handling of his firing, saying he wasn’t given a letter of termination prior to the school releasing the news to the media.


However, in a follow-up release issued late yesterday, the school says its initial press release should have indicated there was only a letter of recommendation to terminate.


The university says the decision still stands and interim president Charles Pratt has a week to officially notify Barreno of his termination.


The most recent news release states the termination recommendation letter was issued following the completion of an internal financial review by an outside agency, and comes under the recommendation of the school’s legal counsel.