First Nations University of Canada

First Nations University (Photo: Julia Adamson)

First Nations University of Canada

First Nations University of Canada was established in 1976 as the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) through a federated partnership with the University of Regina. The University is independently administered offering post-secondary education in a culturally supportive First Nations environment.

The First Nations University of Canada offers its programs and services on three campuses: Prince Albert (Northern Campus), Regina, and Saskatoon, in addition to various communities across Saskatchewan and 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.

The university has increasingly moved into higher-cost professional programs in health and science. These have been developed in consultation with First Nation communities who identify areas of demand. The programs have often involved close collaboration with academic and government partners. In 1996, the National School of Dental Therapy program became part of the university. And, in the past three years, our university has delivered post-registered nursing programs in advanced practice primary care nursing and the First Nations community nursing program.

The university has also begun to expand its range of graduate programs. This includes a special case Masters program in Arts and Science, a First Nations Masters in Business Administration and a Masters of Aboriginal Social Work Program in Aboriginal Therapy.

Since 1983, the university has entered into over twenty-five agreements with Indigenous peoples’ institutions in Canada, South and Central America and Asia and signed agreements with academic institutions in Siberia (Russia), Inner Mongolia (China) and Tanzania.

The university has been a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) since 1994.

History

Our Regina Campus opened in 1976 when the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and the University of Regina signed a federated agreement.

On June 21, 2003, when the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College officially changed its name to the First Nations University of Canada, the Regina Campus officially opened the doors of its new building. This new building houses executive, administrative and academic departments formerly situated on the University of Regina campus and around Regina.

Regina Campus offers a wide range of university certificate, diploma, and degree programs and maintains several unique programs relevant to First Nations studies and development.

Student Housing

The main University of Regina campus offers co-ed residences. A list of on-campus residences can be found on the University of Regina website at http://www.uregina.ca/residences/.

Library Services

This branch (Regina Campus Library) of the First Nations University of Canada’s Library houses over 55,000 items, including monographs, periodicals, newspapers, microform, CD-Rom collections, audio-visual materials, and vertical files. It provides a specialised collection which focuses on the First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and Indigenous peoples in North, South, Central America, Australia and New Zealand. The collection supports the courses the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina offer. It also holds the Eeniwuk Collection: some 5,000 titles supporting research in Native Studies. The Eeniwuk collection was formerly known as the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples (CASNP).

Access to the Archives of the First Nations University of Canada is also available with permission of Library personnel. Overall, the collection has strengths in the areas of Native Studies, Communications, Business and Administration, Education, Fine Arts, Science, Health, and Alcohol and Substance Abuse.

All First Nations University of Canada students are entitled to the use of the University of Regina library system during semesters in which they are registered for courses. In order to borrow materials, students need a University of Regina identification card (see section 2.17). The circulation desk staff must activate the barcode on the I.D. card before electronic services can be used off-campus.

Computing Services

The Regina Campus of the First Nations University of Canada offers a computer lab for general student use when the lab is not in use for class purposes. This lab is for students of the First Nations University of Canada only. In order to use the lab, students must complete a Computer Access Form. Students may obtain this form from Student Success Services/Registrar’s Office, or from an instructor. Once the form is completed and signed, a student takes it to the Director of Information Technology at the First Nations University of Canada who then creates an account for the student. Students must retain this form throughout the session.

Regina campus students also have access to computer labs at the University of Regina.  Students are responsible for reading the University policies regarding Campus Computing, Network and Other Information Resource Facilities.  These policies can be found on the University web site at www.uregina.ca.  Follow the links to the Policies and Procedures Manual. Use of the University Network for the first time constitutes acceptance of University network policies.


Comments are closed.