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Red flags raised over national Metis group’s management, finances – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 16, 2014 15:36

OTTAWA _ New documents show the federal government took a close look at the group that represents Metis people across Canada after questions arose over its expenses.

The findings of that examination offer a glimpse of what was happening behind the scenes before new measures were unveiled to help make the Metis National Council more transparent and accountable.

For its part, the council says most of the issues raised by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development have been addressed.

Council president Clement Chartier says a draft report that first raised red flags was biased and flawed _ a claim its author disputes.

But Aboriginal Affairs evidently took the draft report seriously enough to launch its own audit of the council’s management practices and financial controls.

The council received a lengthy summary of the department’s findings in a December 2012 letter, which The Canadian Press obtained under the Access to Information Act.

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