Canadian Censures

By Jordan Kurland

The council of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) at its April 2010 meeting acted to remove the censure of the administration of First Nations University. The censure, imposed in November 2008, was based on concerns over governance issues that had led to attacks on academic freedom. CAUT executive director James Turk reported that the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations approved substantial changes in the university’s structure that satisfactorily addressed these concerns.

The CAUT council announced that at its next meeting in November it will decide on whether to impose censure on the University of Manitoba administration. The action would be based on the findings of a CAUT investigating committee that the administration dismissed Larry Reynolds from his tenured faculty position “without just cause or due process.” Additional information on these cases can be obtained at