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CAUT censures First Nations University

From the Regina Leader-Post:

Canada’s university teachers are blackballing the First Nations University of Canada as a potential employer.The 65,000-member Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has censured the FNUniv., the first time the association has imposed such sanctions on an institution in 29 years.

Delegates to the CAUT Council meeting in Ottawa on the weekend voted unanimously to censure the FNUniv for its ongoing failure to resolve the serious problems with the governance of the university.

“The decision was not taken lightly. Censure is a measure of last resort used only when we are faced with violations of principles — academic freedom, a system of governance in which there is reasonable autonomy from the political constituting authority of the university — that are fundamental to higher education,” said CAUT executive director James Turk.

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