June 14, 2022

PODCAST: Episode #71: The Brief: Jacqueline Ottmann, President, First Nations University of Canada

First Nations University of Canada is a unique educational organization. It is one of the only Indigenous-owned universities in Canada and it emphasizes the value of Indigenous Knowledge system and places Indigenous worldviews and perspectives at the centre of its programming.

The University began in May 1976 as the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College when the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations entered into a federation agreement with the University of Regina. Since its founding, the University has been grounded in the mission to “have ongoing transformative impact through education based on a foundation of Indigenous Knowledge” and to “serve the academic, cultural and spiritual needs of First Nations’ students.” 

In June 2003, the organization c ongoing transformative impact through education based on a foundation of Indigenous Knowledge hanged its name to First Nations University of Canada and has been a member of Universities Canada since 1994.

Jacqueline Ottmann is the current President of First Nations University. She joins the show to share the story and purpose of the University and how the University centres Indigenous Knowledge systems in its programming. She also shares her passion for education, supporting Indigenous youth, and the value of Indigenous role models.

In this episode:

  • About Jacqueline
  • Jacqueline’s journey to President of First Nations University
  • History of First Nations University
  • Importance of Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews in education
  • Long-term impacts of residential schools, intergeneration trauma
  • Supporting Indigenous students holistically
  • Breaking down long-standing barriers for Indigenous students


About The Brief

In this series, co-hosts Scott Crockatt and Brittany Brander explore the big challenges we face as Albertans; celebrate stories of growth, innovation, and prosperity; and discover bold ideas to make life better for Albertans. See more episodes here.

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