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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