The First Nations University of Canada is the only UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
in Canada controlled by the FIRST NATIONS
. Federated with the University of Regina in 1976, the college was voted a full member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in 1994. Some 70 full-time faculty at 3 main campuses across the province deliver courses and programs from a First Nations perspective. In 2005, the university-college changed its name from Saskatchewan Indian Federated College to the First Nations University of Canada.
The Regina college is home to a number of programs: Indian Studies; Indian Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; English; Indian Education; Indian Fine Arts; and Indian Health Studies. Currently operating out of numerous locations in Regina, the university-college hopes to begin construction on a new facility in the near future. It will be adjacent to the U of R campus on reserve status land. Architect for the project is DOUGLAS CARDINAL
The Saskatoon campus houses the School of Indian Social Work - accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work - and the MBA program (a joint project between the university-college School of Business and Commerce, University of Saskatchewan). Students are also able to take arts and sciences classes.
Prince Albert Campus
The Prince Albert campus offers degree and certificate classes and programs, co-ordinated and delivered through Extension and Northern Operations, to locations outside the province as well as on reserves throughout Saskatchewan. The National School of Dental Therapy in Prince Albert came under direction of the university-college in 1995, in partnership with the College of Dentistry at the U of S.
Enrollment at the university-college has grown from 7 to nearly 1500 in its first 20 years of operation. During that time, more than a dozen international agreements have been established with indigenous institutions in Canada, South and Central America, Asia and Russia.
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First Nations University of Canada
The First Nations University of Canada offers undergraduate and graduate degrees within an environment of Indian culture and history combining First Nation-oriented and standard areas of study in all programs.