April 23, 2010

CAUT lifts censure of FNUC

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has voted unanimously to lift its censure of the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) in response to governance changes the University implemented in February.

The changes were finally begun after both the provincial and federal governments cut funding to the institutions following years of financial mismanagement and poor governance.

CAUT censured FNUC in late 2008 citing serious governance problems at Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations owned institution.

CAUT is calling on the federal government to restore full funding to the institution. The federal government restored partial funding to CAUT with restrictions preventing the limited funds from being used to cover losses stemming from previous mismanagement.

“Back in 2008 we took that very serious step hoping that it would help encourage change, and that change has come,” said CAUT Executive Director James Turk stated in the news release. “We were once one of the loudest voices in the country when it came to demanding changes at the institution – those changes have been made, so we’ve lifted censure, and it is time for the federal government to do its part.”