‘Tell me where the trust is,’ Theresa Spence asks in angry letter to aboriginal affairs minister
CBC News Posted: Jan 6, 2012
Last Updated: Jan 7, 2012
Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has fired off a lengthy letter denying the accusation made Thursday by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan that her council is refusing to release information the government-appointed third-party manager needs to begin paying the community’s bills.
In her letter dated Jan. 5, Spence repeats her demand that $1.5 million in operational funds be released to her council so the community can meet its payroll and other ongoing expenses.
The government-appointed manager, BDO Dunwoody, is refusing to pass on the federal funding. It interprets its contract with the federal government to provide third-party management as meaning it should now make payments on behalf of Attawapiskat.