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First Nations Are Committed To Transparency
For Immediate Release: November 22, 2012
FIRST NATIONS ARE COMMITTED TO TRANSPARENCY
(Saskatoon, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations commented today on the controversy surrounding the federal government’s financial transparency act, Bill C-27. Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Wednesday that the Conservatives will move to close debate on the bill this week.
“I believe in good governance, accountability and transparency,” said FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde. “It is unfortunate the federal government has unilaterally pressed forward with the financial transparency bill rather than working in consultation with First Nations. The FSIN has advocated for the creation of a First Nations Auditor General’s Office. One of the functions of this office would be to build capacity at the band level to create effective financial governance practices.”
Chief Bellegarde went on to say that many First Nations in Saskatchewan already provide their citizens with detailed financial information regarding Chief and Council salaries and travel expenses. The FSIN has made repeated calls for a First Nations Auditor General’s Office to develop their own financial rules and regulations. The FSIN also reports publicly through its annual reports, which are posted on its website.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
For more information:
Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications
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