Stevenson accuses FNUC of character assassination
REGINA — Wes Stevenson, who is suing the First Nations University of Canada for wrongful dismissal, accused the acting president of the university of character assassination Thursday.
Stevenson said he was upset Charles Pratt shared the contents of the FNUC statement of defence with all elders, faculty, staff and students at the university prior to it being filed in court.
“What I was offended by was that the acting president would take that statement of defence and in his e-mail to all elders, faculty, staff and students indicate that I was guilty of stealing money when in fact I have never, ever been asked a question, nor have I had the opportunity to go through any legal process,” Stevenson said.
“And so, in my opinion, it is the ongoing malicious and defamatory actions of these people that continue to hurt me and my family and that is what made me very angry.”
Stevenson indicated he has not had the opportunity to talk to his lawyer about further litigation.
Stevenson, FNUC’s former vice-president of administration, was dismissed last year amid allegations of financial wrongdoing. However, Stevenson insists he has done nothing wrong and claims he wants due process and the ability to defend his actions.
“Right from the beginning I have said every penny has to be accounted for and when we are provided with the opportunity to answer each one of their alle- gations we will, for the very first time, have the ability to answer to those allegations,” Stevenson said.
Pratt defended his actions, saying he felt it was important for senior management to openly communicate internally and inform people directly about what actions the university is taking to defend its decision to dismiss Stevenson.
In the statement of defence, which was filed in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on Thursday, the university alleges Stevenson was engaged in a “systematic scheme whereby he enriched himself to the detriment of FNU.”
The university is countersuing Stevenson to recoup all alleged improper payments he received or payments to third parties improperly authorized by Stevenson, who had ultimate control over the funds held by the university.