Progress cited in talks between CAUT and FNUniv



    OTTAWA, June 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Representatives of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers (CAUT) say they are encouraged by
discussions held today with senior administrators of the First Nations
University of Canada (FNUniv) over ongoing concerns about governance of the
institution.
    "We're very pleased that we were able to make some important progress
today," said CAUT executive director James Turk. "We're particularly
encouraged that we've been invited as a next step to meet with the full Board
of FNUniv."
    Today's meeting was held after CAUT Council voted in May to consider
censuring FNUniv for failing to introduce suitable governance changes in the
aftermath of unprecedented actions by a former board chair in 2005 that has
thrown the university into turmoil.
    "Our desire is to see First Nations University return to its former
standing as one of the premier First Nations post-secondary institutions in
North America," said Turk. Today's meeting gives us hope that this goal can be
accomplished."

    CAUT is the national voice of more than 65,000 academic and general staff
at 120 colleges and universities across Canada.




For further information:

For further information: James Turk, executive director (613) 277-0488
(cell); Penni Stewart, president (416) 832-4489 (cell)

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