The April 16 letter, which was leaked to the media, was sent to the university’s president and chair of the board of governors, according to this CBC story. It was written after Lonechild met with, among others, Minister of Indian Affairs Chuck Strahl.
Provincial and federal funding to the school, in Regina, was cut in January after allegations of financial mismanagement. The provincial government has since agreed to restore about $5 million with the provision that the University of Regina administer the money. About $7 million in federal funds remains up in the air.
Yesterday, board chair Joely BigEagle said more staff cuts are likely, but that she expects the school, which has about 820 students, to be open in the fall.
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