Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Ex-Whitecap Dakota accountant Hugo Gallegos sentenced to five years in prison

Former Whitecap Dakota First Nation accountant Hugo Gallegos was escorted from Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench on Sept. 2, 2015, after being sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts each of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000, a charge of laundering the proceeds of crime and a charge of possession of the proceeds of crime. (Gord Waldner / The StarPhoenix) Photograph by Gord Waldner, The StarPhoenix

Former Whitecap Dakota First Nation accountant Hugo Gallegos was escorted from Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench on Sept. 2, 2015, after being sentenced to five years in prison. Photograph by Gord Waldner, The StarPhoenix

By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix, September 2, 2015

The man who admitted defrauding the Whitecap Dakota First Nation of millions of dollars jammed a cooler with $143,000 in $100 bills, owned a storage locker filled with shoes worth around $200,000, and once spent $700 just on socks.

Details — along with new allegations by the defence — emerged Wednesday in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench at sentencing for Hugo Edgardo Gallegos, the accountant who pleaded guilty last month to two counts each of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000, a charge of laundering the proceeds of crime and a charge of possession of the proceeds of crime.

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Critics blast Alberta’s Blood Tribe leaders for salaries, expenses

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5 First Nations to fight Transparency Act in federal court today

Magnifier over FiguresTransparency Act requires all First Nations to post salaries, financial statements online

The Canadian Press/CBC News, Aug 19, 2015

Lawyers for the federal government are to be in court today to persuade a judge to force five First Nations to open their books to the public.

The reserves are protesting the government’s transparency law, which since last year requires all First Nations to post their salaries and audited financial statements online.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has said the legislation makes financial information more accessible to band members and leads to “more effective, transparent and accountable governance, as well as stronger, more self-sufficient and prosperous communities.”

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Semiahmoo First Nation members ‘in shock’ over officials’ high salaries

Darren Dolan, a Semiahmoo resident and band member, reaches for a water bottle in the kitchen of his house on the reserve as his girl friend Debbie Anderson cooks dinner. Dolan pays for water to be trucked in for washing, laundry and showers and also buys bottled water for drinking and cooking. Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , The Province

Darren Dolan, a Semiahmoo resident and band member, reaches for a water bottle in the kitchen of his house on the reserve as his girl friend Debbie Anderson cooks dinner. Dolan pays for water to be trucked in for washing, laundry and showers and also buys bottled water for drinking and cooking.
Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , The Province

Reserve residents say it’s unfair they have to live in ‘third-world conditions

Semiahmoo chief receives annual salary of nearly $270,000

Councillor Joanne Charles and Chief Willard Cook of the Semiahmoo First Nation were paid salaries totalling nearly $460,000 in the 2013-14 fiscal year. Photograph by: Ian Lindsay , PNG

Councillor Joanne Charles and Chief Willard Cook of the Semiahmoo First Nation were paid salaries totalling nearly $460,000 in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Photograph by: Ian Lindsay , PNG

Most of reserve’s income is provincial grant

The tiny Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey paid salaries to its chief and one of its councillors totalling nearly $460,000 in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The community of less than 100 joins a handful of other First Nations in British Columbia that have paid their chiefs exorbitant salaries, disclosed through now-required financial filings to the federal government.

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SNC-Lavalin teams with First Nations group on proposed B.C. oil refinery

TransCanada quietly wooing First Nations leaders ahead of Energy East project

Documents reveal Indian Act chiefs colalboration during 2013 New Brunswick anti-fracking protests

Mi'kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Mi’kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Internal documents show repeated Warrior Society requests for negotiating assistance denied

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, July 29, 2015

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) — An Access to Information request has revealed that during the course of anti-shale gas protests in New Brunswick in 2013, 5th Canadian Division Support Base (CDSB) Gagetown, Eastern Canada’s largest military facility, was contacted on two separate occasions by high ranking members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society. On each occasion, the Warrior Society – one of the key strategic groups involved in the on-the-ground protests that would ultimately see 100 activists arrested – requested negotiators from the Canadian Armed Forces, citing a breakdown in trust and an increasingly toxic working relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Read the rest of this entry

Federal government, First Nations face court battle over Transparency Act

Money Canada 18 bands refuse to publicly post financial documents, council salaries

By Terry Reith, Briar Stewart, CBC News, July 27, 2015

The federal government is taking eight First Nations to court in a bid to force compliance with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which became law one year ago.

The FNFTA requires First Nations to submit audited financial statements, along with the salaries of the chief and councillors. That information is posted publicly on the internet. So far, 570 of 582 First Nations have complied, and four others are working co-operatively with the federal government to meet the requirements. Read the rest of this entry

Assembly of First Nations to host national energy forum in February

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge hearing in Vancouver, Jan 24, 2013.

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings in Vancouver, BC, Jan 24, 2013.

The future of Canada’s two largest pipeline projects hinges on the cooperation of First Nations throughout the country.

by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, July 8, 2015

With billions of dollars and swaths of aboriginal territory at stake, the Assembly of First Nations will try to leverage their legal rights and force a negotiation with Canada’s energy producers and the federal government. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday he plans on hosting a national energy forum in February with the goal of getting big oil, Ottawa and First Nations at the table. Read the rest of this entry

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