Ottawa cuts First Nations dental school budget

December 2, 2009

The federal government is cutting the $2-million budget of the National School of Dental Therapy, a Prince Albert-based First Nations dental school, arguing it does not fit with its mandate. The school, overseen by the First Nations University of Canada, supplies Aboriginal dental hygienists to dozens of reserves and northern communities across Canada, and there is concern the cuts will have a potentially devastating effect. Government, school, and First Nations officials are expected to meet this month to discuss the school's future. FNUC's vice-president says officials want to keep the program going if at all possible. Regina Leader-Post