FSIN Chief Lonechild Responds to First Nations University Funding

SASKATOON, March 31 /CNW/ - Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Guy Lonechild termed the First Nations University funding announcement by federal government "a step in the right direction with a long way to travel."

"The decision by the Government of Canada to provide interim funding is a signal that the federal government recognizes the valuable role of First Nations University," said FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild.

"That being said, our goal was, and our goal remains, a long term, sustainable funding agreement with the Government of Canada," stated the Chief. "It is through long term core funding that we can ensure First Nations University is equipped to carry out its pivotal role for First Nations people and for all Canadians."

The interim agreement with the Government of Canada follows on the heels of the Memorandum of Understanding being signed by First Nations University, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the University of Regina and the Saskatchewan government on March 23, 2010.

"When the MOU was signed by the four provincial partners, we said it was an excellent step in the right direction. At that time, we also said it was crucial that the federal government join with the provincial partners. We are now part way down that path," said Chief Lonechild.

"The commitment of FSIN to effective governance and a strong First Nations University means we will continue to work with federal government officials until we have a long term sustainable agreement in place," concluded Chief Lonechild.


For further information: For further information: Contact information for media: Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications, Direct: (306) 956-1026, Cellular: (306) 220-7187, mervin.brass@fsin.com

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