First Nations University of Canada (Academic)

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na Fac­ul­ty Asso­ci­a­tion (URFA) is the cer­ti­fied bar­gain­ing agent for First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Cana­da full- and part-time aca­d­e­m­ic members.


The First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Cana­da embod­ies the val­ues and aspi­ra­tions of First Nations’ peo­ples to achieve edu­ca­tion of qual­i­ty with in a unique­ly First Nations’ envi­ron­ment. The uni­ver­si­ty seeks to pro­mote, for all mem­bers of the Uni­ver­si­ty fam­i­ly, the devel­op­ment of spir­it, body, mind and sense of community. 

The First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Cana­da (for­mer­ly known as the Saskatchewan Indi­an Fed­er­at­ed Col­lege) was cer­ti­fied in 1991 under the umbrel­la of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na Fac­ul­ty Association. 

Cur­rent­ly, URFA rep­re­sents approx­i­mate­ly 35 First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers in per­ma­nent, pro­ba­tion­ary, and term positions.

Col­lec­tive Agreement

Your col­lec­tive agree­ment is the writ­ten con­tract that out­lines many of the terms and con­di­tions of your employ­er as a mem­ber of the bar­gain­ing unit. The terms and con­di­tions of the agree­ment are reached through col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing between URFA and First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Canada.

Please note that the doc­u­ments post­ed online are not legal­ly bind­ing. Errors of com­mis­sion and omis­sion excepted.

2018-2022 Collective Agreement (690 KB)

2015-2018 Collective Agreement (1 MB)

2012-2015 Contract in PDF (337 KB)

2008-2012 Financial Settlement (63 KB)

2005-2008 Collective Agreement (1 MB)

Bar­gain­ing Team

Bargaining Team Member
Jody Bellegarde
Bargaining Team Member
Jason Bird
Bargaining Team Member
Edward Doolittle
Bargaining Team Member
Tara Turner
URFA Staff
Colin Tether

Cri­te­ria Documents

Librarians and Archivists — Updated Sept 2015 (231 KB)

Science — Updated Jan 2016 (154 KB)

Science Laboratory Instructors — Updated June 2017 (74 KB)

Impor­tant Dates

Review Process — Sum­ma­rized from Arti­cle 19 of your col­lec­tive agreement

July 1 to June 30

Academic year

July 1 to June 30

Review year

September 1

Vice President (Academic) provides an Annual Information Form to all academic staff members for their completion

September 15

President shall put their decision in writing and copy URFA

September 30

Deadline for arbitration request in event of a negative decision by President

November 30

Deadline for application for tenure and/or promotion

November 30

Arbitration Board shall render its written decision to the academic staff member, the President and URFA

December 15

Deadline to submit Annual Information Form and supplementary information for renewal of tenure-track, tenure, review and promotion

January 31

Reviews completed by initial reviewer

February 15

Academic staff member notified in writing of initial reviewer's decisions

March 31

Reviews completed by Academic Performance Review Committee

April 15

Vice-President (Academic) shall invite members to request a meeting

May 15

Academic staff member notified in writing of decisions of Vice-President (Academic)

June 15

Deadline for appeals to be submitted to Faculty Association

July 1

All positive career decisions take effect

July 1

Normal date of appointment for academic staff members in faculty, librarian, and laboratory instructor categories

July 31

Written recommendations from Appeals Committee to President, Vice-President (Academic) and copy Faculty Association