A Network Like No Other: FNUniv Alumni Support Each Other Before and After Graduation.

Everyone has a friend or two that they keep in contact with from their university days, some may even have alumni groups where all the students who entered a program in the same year still stay in touch.

But Dominga Robinson says when you go to the First Nations University of Canada the network you leave with is much bigger and the connections are much closer.

Dominga graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and minors in Theatre and Performance Theater. She also completed one of the best journalism programs in the country, the Indian Communications Arts Institute and Internship.

Like many FNUniv graduates, she has gone on to become a leader in her community and is currently an outreach counsellor at SaskCulture, which supports and builds grass roots cultural projects and organizations as well as brings together people from all backgrounds.

Dominga raves about the excellent one-on-one help with school work and personal development she received at the university.

“People go above a beyond when you ask for help at FNUniv,” says Dominga. She adds that she also loved the Indigenous language elective courses students can choose from and is thankful for the free writing clinics offered at the school when she was finishing 4th year term papers.

“What I value most about my experience at the university and what helped me most in my post-graduate life is building a network,” says Dominga. “We always call each other and help each other out.”

Today, Dominga’s impressive resume includes Aboriginal Program Coordinator at Sask Writers Guild, Culture and Ceremonies Manager, and Corporate Event Planner.

She consults with individuals about funding for cultural sustainability and growth by supporting specific event grant programs such as: Culture Days, Métis Cultural Development Programs, and Community Grant Program for Sport or Recreation. These programs aim to aid in development of arts, heritage, multiculturalism, culture, diversity, and inclusion.

Dominga says the biggest hurdle she had to overcome during her time at the university was the loss of funding rally, because she was in 4th year at the time and thought that all of her work was going to be for nothing. Thankfully, funding was restored and FNUniv continues to educate, inspire, and develop new graduates in a variety of programs.

Dominga says it’s inspiring to see how successful FNUniv graduates are in both their professional and personal lives today.

“The First Nations University of Canada has put out so many talented and skilled leaders into Indigenous communities and I am honoured to be a part of that group,” says Dominga.

by Peter McDougall