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Indigenous Services increased scrutiny of AFN cash flow amid call for financial review – CBC

Nov 03, 2022

Department previously recommended ‘full review’ of funding for AFN in November 2020, documents show

Indigenous Services Canada secretly intensified its monitoring of cash flow at the Assembly of First Nations shortly after RoseAnne Archibald, who had called for a review of the lobby group’s books, was elected national chief, unclassified internal memos show.

But even before that, departmental officials had “long raised concerns” about the AFN re-allocating program money to make up for deficits in operational funding, which the department’s deals with the AFN wouldn’t allow — and which the AFN denies has ever happened — according to a memo dated Nov. 5, 2020.

“ISC sectors have also expressed concern with the value added of some Assembly of First Nations’ activities and proposals, including lack of progress on key activities and recurring carry-over requests,” says the memo, which was released through access-to-information law.

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