FNUC, fired executives reach settlement

August 7, 2012

The First Nations University of Canada and 2 of its former senior officials have reached an out-of-court settlement over their firings. Charles Pratt, FNUC's former president, and Allan Ducharme, the former VP of administration, were terminated in March 2010 following allegations of misuse of funds and submission of inappropriate expense claims. Both men denied the allegations. Ducharme filed a statement of claim in court, while Pratt sought arbitration over the firings. FNUC issued a news release last Friday stating that the men and the institution had negotiated a settlement, the details of which would remain confidential. "(FNUC) wishes to make clear that neither Mr. Pratt nor Mr. Ducharme were found to be in dereliction of their respective duties nor guilty of any financial impropriety," says the news release. "Similarly, Mr. Pratt and Mr. Ducharme would like to publicly express their confidence in the university's current board of directors, its administration and its academic personnel." Saskatoon Star-Phoenix