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Province Withdraws Funds From Canada’s Only Aboriginal University

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has withdrawn its financial support from the troubled First Nations University, saying in a statement Wednesday night that the “government has lost confidence in the governance and management” of First Nations, Canada’s only aboriginally controlled university. The federal government has said it too will re-examine its support for the university, which has been in turmoil for more than five years over the firings or departures of senior officials, allegations of serious financial irregularities, and faculty grievances that academic freedom was under attack. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada took the unusual step of putting the university on probation in 2007.

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