FNUniv names new president
- EFN Staff | May 27, 2014
The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) has a new president.
Effective July 1, Dr. Mark S. Dockstator will be taking over the role.
"I very much look forward to returning to Saskatchewan and working with the wonderful students, excellent staff, Elders, Board members and supportive stakeholders of the First Nations University of Canada," said Dockstator. "With the depth of experience, expertise and unique potential of the University to become a world class, First Nation based educational institution and I am delighted to have the privilege of being appointed President."
Dockstator brings a breadth and diversity of experience to FNUniv. A member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, he has been an Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, at Trent University since 1997. In addition, Dr. Dockstator also served as Departmental Chair and Director of the PhD program. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
He later pursued a Master's of Law at the University of Saskatchewan and then transferred to Doctor of Jurisprudence program at York University where, in 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law. His doctoral dissertation, entitled "Toward an Understanding of Aboriginal Self Government," is a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge and was used as a foundation for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples final report.
Dockstator has served as founding Chairman of the First Nations Statistical Institute, Senior Negotiator and Researcher for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, President and CEO of Rama Economic Development Corporation, Special Advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner of the Indian Land Claims Commission, to name a few. Dr. Dockstator has a great deal of business experience and has a specific research expertise in Aboriginal issues, having served as Principal Investigator on an array of national and regional research projects in areas such as Aboriginal health, treaties, Aboriginal languages and culture, education and economic development.
"The board and I look forward to working with Dr. Dockstator. His passion for research and education will inspire students, faculty, staff and alumni. He will be taking a pivotal role in leading the implementation of FNUniv's strategic plan," said FNUniv Board Chair, David Sharpe.