Kelly McParland: Ottawa pleads openness while reducing First Nations transparency – National Post

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Kelly McParland: Ottawa pleads openness while reducing First Nations transparency – National Post

by ahnationtalk on December 21, 2015248 Views

December 21, 2015

The First Nations Financial Transparency Act is one of those measures that shows how little understanding there is between the country’s First Nations communities, and the vast majority of Canadians who aren’t aboriginals.

The goal of the act, brought in by the Conservatives, was to improve transparency in how the aboriginal communities spend federal funding. Ottawa transfers about $8 billion a year to First Nations, yet Canadians are well aware that life in many native communities remains closer to Third World standards than the prosperity enjoyed by most of the country. The transparency act was one means of tracking where the money goes and why it appears to achieve so little.

Many bands objected. They argue that they already deliver comprehensive financial reports to Ottawa, and piling more red tape on existing bureaucracy only adds further strain to limited resources, forcing bands to spend time on repetitive administration duties rather than practical concerns. …

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