THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA
March 18, 2010
The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Dear Prime Minister:
RE: FUNDING CUTS TO FIRST NATIONS UNIVERSITY
It has come to our attention that funding to the country’s only First Nations University (a federated college of the University of Regina) has been cut, which means that the University will have to close as of March 31, 2010, unless the Federal Government restores $7.2 million in funding.
It is also our understanding that FNUC, FSIN (Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations) and the University of Regina had put together a transitional management arrangement that would allow the University of Regina to oversee financial matters for a period of four years after which full control would revert to FNUC. The Canadian Association of University Teachers is also fully in support of having funding restored to FNUC.
We strongly urge this government to reconsider this decision and restore funding to FNUC immediately.
cc: Hon. Michael Ignatieff
Hon. Jack Layton
Hon. Gilles Duceppe
Hon. Chuck Strahl
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Karen Dempsey, President National Council of Women of Canada firstname.lastname@example.org 902-422-8485 (Halifax) email@example.com/www.ncwc.ca 613-232-5025/877-319-0993 (Ottawa)