(Saskatoon, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Executive congratulates former FSIN Chief Blaine Favel upon his appointment as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan.
“On behalf of the FSIN’s 74 First Nations, Chiefs, Councillors, Elders, Senate and Veterans, we extend our warmest congratulations to former Chief, Blaine Favel,” says FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde. “This is a historical moment for our people as one of our own receives this prestigious appointment which will allow him to build strong, healthy relationships between First Nations and our Treaty partners.”
Blaine Favel served as Chief of the Poundmaker Cree Nation before he was elected to the Office of the Chief for the FSIN in 1994, a position that he held until 1998. During former Chief Favel’s term in office, he helped build the First Nations Bank of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
“It is very encouraging to read former Chief Favel’s statement indicating the role which the University of Saskatchewan can play in educating and assisting First Nations, Inuit and Métis people to find employment during this time of prosperity,” adds Chief Bellegarde. “We are confident that former Chief Favel will be a great ambassador for the University of Saskatchewan.”
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.