First Nations to Lose Funding If Books Closed

By Rabson, Mia | Winnipeg Free Press, July 29, 2015 | Go to article overview

First Nations to Lose Funding If Books Closed


Rabson, Mia, Winnipeg Free Press


Feds vow to end grace period

OTTAWA -- First Nations that don't comply with federal rules to make public the salaries of chiefs and council and finances of band-owned businesses will start seeing federal funding docked by Sept. 1, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said Tuesday.

In a statement, Valcourt said there will be no grace period or extension like there was last year, the first year the First Nations Fiscal Transparency Act was in effect.

"I have directed that the sanctions not target essential services that support First Nation members," Valcourt said.

That means funding for things such as health care and social assistance won't be touched but funding for band council operations, including salaries, non-essential projects and pensions, will be withheld.

Last year, only 12 of 582 bands across the country refused to comply with the new reporting requirements. Two of them were in Manitoba -- Roseau River First Nation and Dakota Tipi First Nation.

Valcourt said bands that don't comply will get several formal reminders, but there will be no extensions. …

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