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The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will cut about 25 per cent of its staff and initiate pay cuts, among other things, to cope with a funding cut.

The reductions, contained in a Core Operational Plan, were approved by chiefs during a special session of the FSIN Legislative Assembly Wednesday in Prince Albert, Sask.

The exact number of staff positions cut was not known, but FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde said he expected about one-quarter of the organization's workforce will be laid off. There are about 66 staff at the FSIN.

Other savings will be made by reducing the number of legislative assemblies from three to two. Also, four vice-chiefs of the organization will have their pay cut. And the organization will dip into two trust funds and impose a levy on FSIN-related institutions.

The actions come following two years of funding cuts by the federal government.

The FSIN's moves, including the job cuts, were first signalled in late January, when the FSIN issued lay off notices to 66 staff, essentially its entire workforce. The organization later said the exact number of cuts would depend on how the funding cuts were managed.

In a news release Wednesday, FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde said the approved operational plan will "ensure that FSIN remains a strong organization going forward."

With files from CBC's Ryan Pilon