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Tory presents bill to put First Nations salaries in public domain

In Canada on October 2, 2010 at 14:02

A Conservative private member’s bill proposes the salaries and expenses paid to First Nations chiefs and councillors should be publicly disclosed like those of all other elected representatives in Canada.

Saskatoon MP Kelly Block said if passed, her bill, introduced Friday, would result in greater “accountability and transparency” by making public all forms of remuneration paid to First Nations chiefs and councillors through federal government funds.

“This has been a long-standing issue for First Nations community members looking to have access of this kind of information,” Block said in an interview.

The Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing some 630 First Nations communities across Canada, called the bill “ill-conceived.”

It “appears to be part of a troubling series of insinuations about First Nations peoples, based on misinformation and a lack of understanding as to what the real accountability issues are,” National Chief Shawn Atleo said.

in a statement.

Atleo said First Nations already file up to 60,000 reports a year, and the main issue is that it is the Indian Affairs Department and the federal government “cannot account for their own spending and cannot track which programs are producing useful results.

“Accountability problems lie largely with the federal government.”

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