Caldwell First Nation members upset over powow spending audit – The Windsor Star

by pmnationtalk on September 12, 2017217 Views

September 12, 2017

CHATHAM — Members of Leamington-based Caldwell First Nation are outraged after a forensic audit found nearly $250,000 in prize money couldn’t be accounted for following a powwow to celebrate the band’s $105-million land claim settlement with the federal government.

The audit — demanded as members suspended their chief and entire band council — also indicates the chief’s son received a $190,000 untendered contract to video the event last August and tell the story of the Caldwells and the repatriation of their land.

The Chatham Daily News obtained the audit findings by London-based Matson Driscoll & Damico Ltd.

Sources in the band, who didn’t want to be named, said many Caldwell members are angry over the findings, especially details about Chief Louise Hillier.

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