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People furious over report of chiefs per diem rate: ‘double dipping has to stop’

Mikmaq chiefs 1by Trina Roache, APTN National News,
People across Nova Scotia are furious after finding out chiefs make hundreds of dollars in per diems for doing as little as sitting on a conference call for the Mi’kmaw Family Services Agency.

“This double dipping has to stop,” said Daniel Toney, a member of Annapolis First Nation in Nova Scotia. Toney was part of a protest there earlier this month.  People are upset over the amount of money his chief, Janette Peterson takes home. Read the rest of this entry

No jail for band executive who stole $725,000 from B.C. First Nation to cover her gambling debts

Aboriginal organizations hit with $60 million worth of cuts, Inuit faced steepest reduction: AFN analysis

Money Canada 1by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Jan 13, 2015
Aboriginal organizations have faced $60 million worth of cuts from the Harper government over the past three years and Inuit groups were hit the hardest, according to an internal Assembly of First Nations analysis obtained by APTN National News.

The analysis, which is based on federal Aboriginal Affairs department figures as of Jan. 7 of this year, found Inuit organizations faced a cut of 71 per cent between 2012 and 2015.  First Nations organizations absorbed 65.5 per cent worth of cuts over the same time span. Metis organizations saw cuts of 39 per cent, non-status Indian organizations 14 per cent and women’s organizations were hit with a 7 per cent cut, the analysis found. Read the rest of this entry

Government to withhold cash to non-compliant First Nation band in Chilliwack


Squiala Chief David Jimmie. Photo: Times/file

Squiala Chief David Jimmie. Photo: Times/file

by  Paul J. Henderson,  Chilliwack Times, Dec 10, 2014

A local First Nation band won’t face court action for defying new financial disclosure laws, but the federal government will suspend funding for non-essential programs.

The Popkum Indian Band is the only one in the Times readership area that did not file audited financial statements and band council remuneration figures by Nov. 26, as required by the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA).

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) Bernard Valcourt said the act was brought in to apply “the same principles of transparency and accountability to First Nation governments that already exist for other governments in Canada.” Read the rest of this entry

Wet’suwet’en signs LNG pipeline deal

Wet'suwet'en First Nation band council sign LNG deal. Photo from CFNR FM

Wet’suwet’en First Nation band council sign LNG deal with Coastal Gaslink Project. Photo from CFNR FM.

Another Burns Lake area First Nation has signed an agreement with the BC government related to a natural gas pipeline project.

The Wet’suwet’en First Nation, formerly known as the Broman Lake Band, stands to receive $2.8 million dollars from the province for the proposed Coastal GasLink project.

The pipeline would transport gas from the Dawson Creek area to the proposed LNG Canada facility near Kitimat where it would be liquefied for export to overseas markets. Read the rest of this entry

Perry Bellegarde named new AFN national chief

The new head of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde.

The new head of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde.

Perry Bellegarde wins majority vote on first ballot to replace Shawn Atleo

CBC News, Dec 10, 2014

Saskatchewan’s Perry Bellegarde has been named the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.  It only took one round of voting for Bellegarde to win, after getting more than 60 per cent of the 464 ballots cast during the event in Winnipeg.  “It‘s done now, let’s roll up our sleeves and get some work done,” Bellegarde told the crowd.

And he had messages for both the chiefs who elected him and other Canadians.

“To the people across the great land, I say to you, that the values of fairness and tolerance which Canada exports to the world, is a lie when it comes to our people,” he continued. Read the rest of this entry

Members of Opaskwayak Cree Nation protest reserve’s debt

OCN Chief Michael G. Constant.

OCN Chief Michael G. Constant.

Within one year, the reserve’s net debt increased from $5 million to $6.2 million.

By Tiar Wilson, CBC News, Nov 29, 2014

It has taken Tannis Blacksmith 33 years to open her eyes to politics on her reserve, and she has a word for her actions, or lack thereof: Shameful.

As recently as mid-November, Blacksmith discovered the location of the chief and council chambers on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), where she has lived most of her life.

She found it when she showed up with around 40 fellow band members in protest.

“[I had no idea]…if we were even allowed to go there,” she said. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations to ‘resist’ complying with financial transparency act

Magnifier over Figures84 First Nations have yet to comply with the transparency act on eve of final deadline

By Susana Mas, CBC News, Nov 25, 2014

Three Western Treaty First Nations say they will “resist” the federal government’s order to comply with the financial transparency act by tomorrow or risk losing federal funding.

The government tells CBC News that 84 First Nations bands have until Wednesday to post their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year, including the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors. The grand majority — 498 out of 582 First Nations bands — have complied. Read the rest of this entry

Shuswap reserve chooses new council after spending became key issue in band election

Shuswap First Nation band office.

Shuswap First Nation band office.

Documents show millions unaccounted for despite lack of housing, education

CBC News, Nov 07, 2014

A member of the new council elected for the small Shuswap First Nation near Invermere, B.C., says excessive spending spurred band members to vote for change.

The reserve has had the same chief for more than three decades, but the band’s finances recently came to light under a new federal law.

“The majority of us are just elated and happy, and we’ve had tears and crying for joy and happiness,” said Barb Coté, who was successful in her bid for re-election. “Finally we have people that will do something for the community for a change.” Read the rest of this entry

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


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