Federal government, First Nations face court battle over Transparency Act – CBC

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Federal government, First Nations face court battle over Transparency Act – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 27, 2015477 Views

Jul 27, 2015

8 bands refuse to publicly post financial documents, council salaries

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.

The government has filed applications in Federal Court to force the remaining eight bands to submit financial information for the 2013-14 fiscal year. It has already suspended all funding not related to essential services, such as health and education.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/federal-government-first-nations-face-court-battle-over-transparency-act-1.3167268

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