FNUC student's petitions for mandatory indigenous studies at uRegina defaced

March 1, 2012

A First Nations University of Canada student petitioning for the introduction of a mandatory indigenous studies course for all degree, diploma, and certificate programs at the University of Regina, of which FNUC is an affiliate, has reported instances of some of her petitions being defaced with profanity and swastikas. One petition came back with a threatening message that prompted the student to contact campus security out of concern not only for her safety but also for that of vocal supporters of her initiative, whose goal is to end racism. "We take this kind of thing extremely seriously and we report it to the Regina Police (Service) as well for it to be investigated," says uRegina's VP of administration. "This is one of the things that we find extremely sensitive around campus. Our goal is to eliminate it and make this as safe a campus as we can possibly have." The FNUC student will meet with the Dean council at uRegina next week to discuss her petition, and hopes to meet with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in Ottawa to get its support. Regina Leader-Post