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Attawapiskat chief demands funding, denies accusation – CBC

by NationTalk on January 9, 2012614 Views

Attawapiskat chief demands funding, denies accusation

‘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.

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