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One week after a new legal deadline, nearly two-thirds of Canada’s First Nations have not yet provided Ottawa detailed financial information – including how much chiefs and councillors are paid.
Communities were given until July 29 to publish or submit their financial reports. Roughly 600 First Nations across Canada are affected.
So far, the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs has received reports from only 224 First Nations, a government source confirmed to The Globe and Mail. That means only about 37 per cent of affected First Nations have sent reports to Aboriginal Affairs.
The First Nations Financial Transparency Act created tension when it was brought in as a response to complaints from individual First Nation members who said they could not gain access to financial records in their communities. Native leaders with the Assembly of First Nations have long said they were willing to work with Ottawa on new transparency rules, but accuse the federal Conservatives of acting unilaterally with a law that goes too far.
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