First Nations University (Academic)


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, the Asso­ci­a­tion rep­re­sents approx­i­mate­ly 32 First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty Aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers in per­ma­nent, pro­ba­tion­ary, and term positions.

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

2018-2022 Contract in PDF (690 KB)

2015-2018 Contract in PDF (1 MB)

2012-2015 Contract in PDF (337 KB)

2008-2012 Financial Settlement in PDF (63 KB)

2005-2008 Contract in PDF (1 MB)


A ten­ta­tive agree­ment has been reached. Mem­bers, please check your email for a bal­lot to vote on the new agreement. 

Bar­gain­ing Updates

Bargaining Update Presentation - September 30, 2019 (923 KB)

Bargaining Update Presentation - May 6, 2020 (590 KB)

Comparison Document- Proposed New Agreement (2 MB)

Bar­gain­ing Committee

Tara Turner
Ed Doolittle
URFA Staff
Colin Tether

Impor­tant Dates

Review Process (Effec­tive Sep­tem­ber, 2014) — Sum­ma­rized from Arti­cle 19 of the Col­lec­tive Agreement.

July 1 to June 30

Academic Year

January 1 to December 31

Review Year

July 1

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

September 1

Vice President (Academic) provides all academic staff with an Annual Information Form

November 30

Deadline for application for permanency and/or promotion

December 15

Annual Information Form deadline

Deadline for supplementary information for renewal of probation, permanency, four-year review and promotion

January 31

Reviews completed by initial reviewer

February 15

Academic staff member notified in writing of decisions by initial reviewer

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 members with probationary appointments to be notified in writing of decisions by Vice-President, of renewal of appointments or granting of tenure (Academic)

Within 30 days of receipt of Notification of Non-renewal of Probationary Appointment or Denial of an Appointment with Permanency and no later than June 15

Deadline for filing an appeal to the Faculty Association. In cases of non-renewal of a probationary appointment or denial of an appointment with permanency (regardless of whether it is the final year of probation), the Notice of Appeal must be filed by the academic member as noted above

July 1

All positive career decisions take effect

July 31

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

September 15

President shall put his or her decision in writing

September 30

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

November 30

Arbitration Board shall render its written decision