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Friday, February 09, 2007

First Nations fiascos

In a story that sounds a little too much like my August 2005 expose on the turmoil at Saskatchewan's First Nations University of Canada, the Vancouver Sun is carrying this item today, buried deep within its second section:

Institute of Indigenous Government president fired

BURNABY - A public administrator has been put in charge of the Institute of Indigenous Government after board members were fired and the institute's president was suspended with pay, Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell said in a release late Thursday.

A forensic auditor and independent investigators are looking into the institute's programs and services, finances, enrolment, human resource policies, facilities and information technology systems, Coell stated. They have been asked to report within six weeks. Police have also been contacted, he added... The public post-secondary school, established in 1995 for aboriginal students, will continue to offer classes while the investigation is underway, Coell said. There are about 140 full-and part-time students, and the province spends about $2 million a year on the school.

The institute is billed as Canada's first autonomous, indigenous-controlled public post-secondary institution.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on February 9, 2007 in Aboriginal Issues | Permalink


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How many fiascos have there been in Canada that have not been 100% aboriginal.

Aboriginals are no different than any population. There have been other colleges that have had issues. What matters most, is not the fact that it is first nations, but that it is an issue that needs to be corrected.

Some of the most mentionable fiascos in Canada, and the west, had nothing to do with first nations peoples.

Like the BC fast ferry fiasco. That was an NDP action. And of course, Adscam. That was a Liberal action. We must keep this in perspective. It is completely separate from issues of segregation, and the Indian Act, which I feel, are far more of an issue than the fiasco itself.

Posted by: Lady | 2007-02-09 1:42:48 PM

Segregation, the Indian Act, huge issue in this Century. Needs to be sorted sooner than later.
This is more than a fiasco, it's a demeaning Human tragedy.
No wonder it's been and continues to be a failure.
It will take a government with gonads to sort it out and bring back respect and honor to Natives.
Too many lost souls living their lives on Reserves.

Our governments have poured huge amounts of money into basically black holes and "Chiefs" keep demanding more and not taking proper care of their people.

Posted by: Liz J | 2007-02-09 4:55:26 PM

This simply cannot be!

We all know that only the whiteman is capable of greed and dishonesty.

You'd better recheck your facts.

Posted by: Canadian Observer | 2007-02-10 11:49:09 AM

lol, wow.

Posted by: Sean Whelan | 2007-02-10 6:37:42 PM

The irony of this whole situation is that what happened at the IIG is indicative of what is happening across Canada. The government is coercing unscrupulous individuals into dismantling good native organizations. If you look to what is reallllly happening at the IIG you will note that there are a lot of questions that need to be asked. If your interested in knowing more... keep checking back to this thread because BC's best performing school, a First Nations organization is being systematically dismantled... and by the way did you know that they have a white woman with limited credentials running the show now? Interesting hey?

Posted by: Concerned with clarity | 2007-03-05 1:45:00 PM

Yes, I agree with some of the posters. It was a great fiasco, but on the part of the Government. After 22 weeks, two Public Administrators, with 65% of the staff fired or quiting, the remaining unionized for protection, newspaper articles full of misinformation, forensic auditors, RCMP involvement there is still no report available as promised "within 6 weeks." The only thing that happened is the merging out of existence of a school for Natives!

Posted by: Sam | 2007-07-05 12:22:54 PM

First nations fiascos.

What a redundant statement.

It's totally racist to give first nations a different status from the rest, since membership to the club is based on heritage.

Posted by: set you free | 2007-07-05 12:30:56 PM

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