Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Squamish Nation officials removed after financial investigation

Krisandara Jacobs, former communications manager for Squamish band council.

Krisandara Jacobs, former communications manager for Squamish band council.

Cheques issued by Krissy Jacobs and Glen Newman lead to their removal from band positions

CBC News, Oct 20, 2014

Two officials with the Squamish Nation have now been relieved of their duties after an investigation found problems with how nearly $1.5 million was spent from an emergency fund.

The investigation looked into a series of cheques issued over the past six years from funds set up to help First Nation’s members with emergencies such as rent, travel to funerals, or clothing. Read the rest of this entry

Community members protest Mission Friendship Centre

Protesters outside the Mission Friendship centre, September 2014.

Protesters outside the Mission Friendship centre, September 2014.

Warrior Publications received the following press release from Community United on Sept 17, 2014:

The following pictures are from Protests that have been held at the Mission Friendship Centre Society, in Mission, BC. The protests took place on September 8th, 10th & 12th, 2014.

The main issues are as follows:

1. Nepotism – The Executive Director Grace Cunningham, her Husband Damien George Sr. & her Son Devan Cunningham. They have turned the Centre into a Social Club for their family and friends. Their actions have been devastating on the Community. Read the rest of this entry

Lubicon chief collected $1.5M, while community had no running water: audit

Former chief of the Lubicon Cree Bernard Ominayak.

Former chief of the Lubicon Cree Bernard Ominayak.

Community members in Little Buffalo, Alta., demand to know where oil and gas revenue went

CBC News, Sept 12, 2014

Community members in Little Buffalo, Alta. are demanding answers about where millions of dollars were spent.

The community, located about 400 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, is surrounded by the oil and gas industry. It’s part of a First Nation that runs the Cree Development Corporation (CDC), a non-profit that has generated millions through contracts with the energy industry.

Despite that, Cheryl Ominayak, who has lived in Little Buffalo for 28 years, says her way of life has changed very little. She draws water from a barrel and uses an outhouse.

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Buffalo Point band plans to oust hereditary chief

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Protesters target Lax Kw’alaams band offices

Lax Kwalaams band office

Lax Kw’alaams band office is boarded up.

by  Shaun Thomas, The Northern View, Aug 14, 2014

On the same day as the band announced the removal of Garry Reece as mayor, protesters targeted Lax Kw’alaams band offices both in the community and in Prince Rupert.

Photographs sent to the Northern View show boards being put up outside the offices in Lax Kw’alaams, with one board being spraypainted warning “If entered you will be penalized”. One of the approximately 10 protestors in attendance at the Prince Rupert office yesterday indicated the office will be kept closed “until further notice”. Read the rest of this entry

After kicking out government officials at industry summit, Fort Nelson First Nation signs LNG worker camp deal

Fort Nelson FN chief Sharleen Gale speaking at LNG conference.

Fort Nelson FN chief Sharleen Gale speaking at LNG conference.

After both praise and backlash for expelling B.C. government from an industry summit in April, the Fort Nelson First Nation has signed on to an LNG camp deal with Black Diamond, which would include a 425-room lodge in the Horn River area.

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Cut funding, face blockades: chiefs

Magnifier over FiguresFighting back over threat from Ottawa’s FN Financial Transparency Act

Manitoba First Nations will fight back with blockades and other economic barriers if the federal government follows through with a promise to cut funding from bands who refuse to make their finances public, says a native official.

Only eight of Manitoba’s 63 First Nations have so far filed documents to comply with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. The deadline to file the documents was July 29. Read the rest of this entry

Kwikwetlem Chief Ron Giesbrecht should resign, band councillor says

Ron Giesbrecht, chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation near Vancouver, BC.

Ron Giesbrecht, chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation (formerly the Coquitlam Indian Band) near Vancouver, BC.

‘We’re a national embarrassment right now,’ says councillor calling for chief’s resignation

CBC News, Aug 02, 2014

Some members of a tiny Coquitlam-area First Nation want their chief to resign after damning financial disclosures were published this week.

In filings published under the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act, Kwikwetlem Chief Ron Giesbrecht disclosed he earned an $800,000 bonus last year on top of his salary.

Marvin Joe, who has been head of the 81-member First Nation in the past, says the revelation of that extra compensation has deeply angered many of the band’s members. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations Transparency Act may do more harm than good: Hayden King

Magnifier over FiguresAboriginal people may find themselves with even less power to create change

By Hayden King, for CBC News, August 2, 2014

This week the federal government’s legislation, The First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA), was made law.

Financial statements and salaries of First Nation council’s were posted on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s website earlier this week. And those councils who refuse to participate will face a court order.

According to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, this is an effort to provide First Nations people with transparency and allow them to hold their elected leaders accountable. In other words, to empower them. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nation chief was paid almost $1-million last year

New Chiefby Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail, July 31, 2014

A First Nation chief in British Columbia was paid close to $1-million last year, according to salary disclosures that are being released for the first time this week.

Chief Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation is listed as receiving $914,219 in remuneration last year, plus an additional $16,574 in expense reimbursement. Individuals with Indian status who work on a reserve are not required to pay income tax.

It is not clear if the compensation is purely salary or whether the chief received contracts from the First Nation. If the money is in salary and was tax free, it would be the equivalent of a $1.6-million taxable salary for someone working off reserve.

Band Administrator Dale Lessoway told the Globe in an email that the First Nation is preparing a statement on the issue that will be distributed when it is ready. Read the rest of this entry

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