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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 work in cooperation and equal partnership with other nations. The Elders' desire for an Indian institution of higher education led to the establishment of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC).
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. A 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 the First Nations University of Canada, First Nations students can learn in the context of their traditions, languages, and values. Rooted in their traditions, our students will walk proudly and wisely today. Through extension programming, the University reaches out and welcomes First Nations peoples to use its resources for the enrichment of their communities.
The University requires facilities that reflect the uniqueness, values, dignity, and beauty of the First Nations it represents. It will include appropriate recognition and integration of the Elders' role, cultural symbols, and the First Nations connectedness to the land.
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 First Nations University of Canada 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 for 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 that provides educational opportunities to both First Nations and non-First Nations university students selected from a provincial, national, and international base.
In May 1976, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations entered into a federation agreement with the University of Regina, to establish the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC). The Agreement provided for an independently administered university-college, the mission of which is to serve the academic, cultural, and spiritual needs of First Nations students.
On June 21, 2003, the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College officially changed its name to the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv).
When SIFC first opened its doors in the fall of 1976, it had nine students. It offered the following programs Indian Studies, Indian Languages, Indian Teacher Education, Social Work, Fine Arts (Indian Art, Indian Art History), and Social Sciences.
Since then, enrolment has steadily grown, and the FNUniv now maintains an average annual enrollment of over 3000. Also, over 30,000 learners have made FNUniv part of their educational journey.
The University offers programs and services on three campuses: Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert (Northern Campus).
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.
First Nations University of Canada's 2013-2018 Strategic Plan: LIGHTING THE PATH charts the University's course of action over the next five years toward strengthening and solidifying FNUniv's reputation as a leader and successful model of Indigenous higher learning and securing its sustainability.
FNUniv's Strategic Plan is underpinned by the wisdom and strength of our Elders, the vision and leadership of our communities, the promise of our students the commitment and experience of our faculty and staff, and the continued support of our many stakeholders.
Driving this plan, and all we do are our students. They are the exact lights along our path – They illuminate the way with their determination and hard work and make the journey clearer if not more accessible, as our Elders and ancestors did.

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