First Nations University officials cleared of academic freedom violation allegations

By Laura Bardsley

Four years ago, at the First Nations University of Canada, officials of the Regina institution searched employee’s computers.

The audit was recently ruled not to have violated the academic freedom of the employees, according to the CBC’s website.

At the time, five grievances were filed pertaining to the searches, but were dismissed by a three-person board examination.

After the searches were completed, several senior employees were terminated or quit.

Since then, a former vice-president has been charged with fraud.

The board’s decision after reviewing the five grievances stated there had been no violation of academic freedom, which was contrary to the employee’s agreement.

“This is not just a victory for our leadership, this is good news for all of our stakeholders, including our students, staff and faculty,” explained First Nations University of Canada president Charles Pratt.

“We have faced many challenges throughout the past several years over these allegations, but now that this decision has been made by the highest court in Canada, I am confident and pleased that we can put this issue behind us.”

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