Summary: President's Message March 2011
Last month, a significant event took place at First Nations University of Canada which honoured
that institution's relationship with the University of Regina. The event, which marked the
anniversary of a very challenging year for our federated partner, included a memorable ceremony
in whichFirst Nations University of Canada students and elders presented me with a beautiful
Dakota starquilt blanket.
I was honoured and humbled to accept the blanket on behalf of the University of Regina,
because the blanket is a symbol of how the relationship between the University of Regina and
First Nations University of Canada has grown over the past year. The ceremony reminded me of
the cultural diversity that is one of the strengths of our campus, and reinforced for me the value
of the educational model we share with our federated partners.
The ceremony was especially meaningful because it was initiated by students and elders two
generations who represent the past, present and the future of First Nations University of Canada.
We all remember how First Nations University of Canada students demonstrated leadership by
camping out at the campus and by travelling to Ottawa to publicly defend their institution of
choice with conviction. It was both heart-wrenching and heart-warming to see them doing
everything they could to save First Nations University of Canada which is why it was so
wonderful to see them celebrate progress over the past year.
What a difference a year has made! Over that time, First Nations University of Canada has
undertakena program of renewal and revitalization designed to address its funding challenges