The First Nations University of Canada is governed by a Board of Governors. The Board is comprised of nine voting members.

The FNUniv Board of Governors is appointed by a Selection Committee formed by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Education and Training Commission.

First Nations University Board of Governors
First Nations University Board of Governors

Board Composition

According to the First Nations University of Canada Act (Part IV) the Board is made up of nine (9) members, eight (8) voting members and one (1) non-voting chairperson. There are two (2) Elders on the Board, one (1) male and one (1) female who are non-voting advisors appointed by the Elders Advisory Council. One (1) FNUniv student and one (1) FNUniv faculty member are non-voting observers to the Board. Board of Governors List

Governance Policies

An Act Respecting the First Nations University of Canada

First Nations University of Canada Regulations

FNUniv Executive Office

The Executive Office consists of:

  • President
  • Vice-President, Academic
  • Associate Vice-President, Academic
  • Director of Finance


The FNUniv Executive, Faculty and Staff were delighted to welcome Dr. Mark S. Dockstator in July 2014. Dr. Dockstator brings a breadth and diversity of experience to the First Nations University of Canada. A member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, he has been an Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, at Trent University since 1997. In addition, Dr. Dockstator also served as Departmental Chair and Director of the PhD program. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. In 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Toward an Understanding of Aboriginal Self Government”, is a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge and was used as a foundation for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples final report.

Dr. Dockstator has served as founding Chairman of the First Nations’ Statistical Institute, Senior Negotiator and Researcher for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, President and CEO of Rama Economic Development Corporation, Special Advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner of the Indian Land Claims Commission, to name a few. Dr. Dockstator has a great deal of business experience and has a specific research expertise in Aboriginal issues, having served as Principal Investigator on an array of national and regional research projects in areas such as Aboriginal health, treaties, Aboriginal languages and culture, education and economic development.

Dr. Dockstator’s appointment was approved by the FNUniv Board of Governors at its April 28-29, 2014 board meeting.

President’s Objectives 2016-2017

Vice-President, Academic

Dr. Lynn Wells has been the Vice-President Academic at FNUniv since 2011, providing senior academic leadership to the institution in all areas. Since joining FNUniv, Dr. Wells has led initiatives in strategic planning, student support enhancement, curriculum renewal, distance education and faculty development. Working with First Nations communities, she has worked to expand FNUniv’s reach and impact through community-based programming, including the newly created Indigenous Access Transition and Education Certificate.

Prior to her appointment as VP Academic, Dr. Wells held a number of senior academic administrative positions, including Associate Vice-President Academic, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in Arts, all at the University of Regina. As a Professor of English, Dr. Wells taught at the University of Regina from 1999 to 2011, and now holds a tenured position at FNUniv in the Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures. She has published widely in her specialized areas of Contemporary British Fiction and Urban Literature, including two books: Ian McEwan (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) and Allegories of Telling: Self-Referential Narrative in Contemporary British Fiction (Rodopi 2003). From 2012 to 2014, she served as the Board Member Responsible for Diversity and Equity at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She also served on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature from 2010 to 2013.