CANADA: First Nations University thrown a lifeline

The government has thrown the struggling First Nations University of Canada a $4 million (US$3.8 million) financial lifeline that students hope will keep their beloved institution afloat, writes Jennifer Graham for The Canadian Press.

Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said on Wednesday that the federal government would invest up to $4-million in programming for the school's students from September 2010 to March 2011. The money would not go directly to First Nations University but would flow through the University of Regina, which had a partnership with the aboriginal school.

In February, the federal and Saskatchewan governments cut more than $12-million in funding to the country's only aboriginal university over allegations of financial mismanagement and years of problems with its administration. Saskatchewan restored its $5.2-million grant after a partnership was reached with university, the University of Regina and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations to reorganise operations at the school.
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