FNUniversity Forges Ahead with Strategic Plan and Shares Accomplishments of the Past Year
The Regina launch of Lighting the Path: First Nations University of Canada Strategic Plan 2013-2018 brought together local dignitaries and community stakeholders as well as FNUniv Executive, faculty, staff and students. They gathered to celebrate the roadmap that will guide the work of Canada’s first university-accredited Indigenous institution of higher learning for the next five years. The approval of this plan comes at a moment of great promise for First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), with the University enjoying robust growth and renewal.
FNUniv’s 2012-2013 Annual Report was released simultaneously and clearly articulates how FNUniv increased its core strengths in governance, academic programming and community engagement, while maintaining fiscal stability.
FNUniv Focuses on New Five Year Strategic Plan with Today’s Board Renewals
This afternoon, four First Nations University of Canada Board of Governors members, Gladys Christiansen, John Paul, Jocelyne Wasacase-Merasty and David Sharpe, were each renewed for a three year term at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Legislative Assembly. The vote was 39 for, 3 against and 0 abstentions.
FNUniv Board Chair David Sharpe confirmed that the Board of Governors passed the five year strategic plan at their board meeting this week and looks forward to sharing the plan with all University stakeholders.
“Students first and accountability,” stated FNUniv Board Chair David Sharpe. “Those three words sum up our 2013-2018 strategic plan. We are focusing on ensuring that our students succeed beyond their expectations as a student and as a graduate. Accountability is cornerstone to our long-term sustainability. We look forward to our faculty and staff implementing this plan and celebrating the positive results.”
First Convocation in Prince Albert for First Nations University of Canada Graduates
For the first time in its 37 year history as an indigenous post-secondary institute of higher learning, the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) held their fall convocation in Prince Albert yesterday.
“Through FNUniv’s Prince Albert Campus, we providing pertinent university programs to northern residents,” asserted Juliano Tupone, FNUniv Acting President and Vice-President, Finance and Administration. “Our graduates chose to attend our northern campus so that they can complete a degree close to home. They also tend to return to their home communities to apply their skills to address critical needs in education, social work, health and business.”
Celebrating Environmental Public Health Education at the First Nations University of Canada
The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) – Saskatchewan Branch formally acknowledged the First Nations University of Canada’s (FNUniv) educational contributions to Environmental Public Health in Saskatchewan and Canada. CIPHI presented FNUniv with a commemorative plaque and planted a tree in their native prairie garden.
“FNUniv is the only institute in Saskatchewan that is approved to train Public Health Inspectors. We were delighted to collaborate with them for the Saskatchewan kick off to Environmental Public Health Week (September 23-29, 2013),” stated CIPHI Saskatchewan Branch President Ryan Philipation. “This week, we celebrate the important work of environmental public health professionals such as Public Health Inspectors, Environmental Health Officers and other allied environmental/public health occupations across Canada.”
First Nations University of Canada’s 10th Year Milestone Marked by Robust Growth in Enrollment
First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) marks it tenth anniversary with another year of robust growth in enrollment and expansion of its community-based programs. As of today, there are 755 registered FNUniv students. This is a 15% increase year over year building on a 10% increase from 2011. In addition, each year, FNUniv welcomes up to 4,000 students from FNUniv’s federated partner, the University of Regina as well as Campion and Luther College for classes.
FNUniv is celebrating a decade as the First Nations University of Canada and of the opening of its iconic Regina Campus building by holding a full-day celebration to reflect the institution’s proud history and the vision that brought it into being as the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in 1976. In the afternoon, a traditional pow-wow will welcome back all of FNUniv’s students.