This year marks 40 years since the start of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, now known as the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv). This weekend, FNUniv is celebrating 40 Years of Indigenous education with four days of activities.

“It has been a remarkable journey,” stated FNUniv President Mark Dockstator in a press release. “Forty years ago, in 1976, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians Nations, now the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, created what is now known as the First Nations University of Canada.  In direct response to the negative experiences and consequences flowing from residential schools, there were calls for Indian Control of Indian Education and thus the University was created.”

The theme for the celebrations is: pimâtisiwin: Our Teachings, Our FutureJob-Expo-ad_600x600-ad

Festivities begin on Friday, September 9th with a Feast, Round Dance, and Give Away.

Saturday, alumni will gather to relive their university days and reconnect with academic colleagues now spread across the country and around the world.

On Sunday, September 11th, the public is invited to take part in pimâtisiwin: Our Teachings, Our Future Inaugural Elders Conference, and Children and Family events.

On Monday, a Capital Campaign Project announcement will take place with a vision of what FNUniv looks forward to in the next 40 years.

More details can also be found online at www.fnuniv.ca.

FNU 40 events

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