University description (as per official university website)
We, the First Nations, are children of the Earth, placed here by
the Creator to live in harmony with each other; the land, animals
and other living beings. All beings are interconnected in the Great
Circle of Life.
As First Nations, we treasure our collective values of wisdom,
respect, humility, sharing, harmony, beauty, strength and
spirituality. They have preserved and passed down our traditions
through countless generations.
The Elders teach us to respect the beliefs and values of all
nations. Under the Treaties, our leaders bade us to work in
cooperation and equal partnership with other Nations.
The First Nations University of Canada provides an opportunity for
students of all nations to learn in an environment of First Nations
cultures and values. The Elders’ desire for an Indian institution of
higher education led to the establishment of the Saskatchewan
Indian Federated College (SIFC).
The University is a special place of learning where we recognize
the spiritual power of knowledge and where knowledge is
respected and promoted. In following the paths given to us by the
Creator; the First Nations have a unique vision to contribute to
higher education. With the diversity and scope of the First Nations
degree programs, the University occupies a unique role in
Canadian higher education. The University promotes a high
quality of education, research and publication.
At First Nations University of Canada, First Nations students can
learn in the context of their own traditions, languages and values.
Rooted in their own traditions, our students will walk proudly and
wisely today. The University, through extension programming,
reaches out and welcomes First Nations peoples to use its
resources for the enrichment of their communities.
The mission of the First Nations University of Canada is to
enhance the quality of life, and to preserve, protect, and interpret
the history, language, culture, and artistic heritage of First
Nations. The University will acquire and expand its base of
knowledge and understanding in the best interests of First
Nations and for the benefit of society by providing opportunities
of quality bi-lingual and bi-cultural education under the mandate
and control of the First Nations of Saskatchewan. The First
Nations University of Canada is a First Nations’ controlled
university-college which provides educational opportunities to
both First-Nations’ and non-First-Nations’ university students
selected from a provincial, national, and international base.