Now needed more than ever

The First Nations Transparency Act requires chiefs to publicly release the band’s audited financial statements as well as chief and councillors’ salaries, thereby informing First Nations members how their band finances are managed and informing Canadian taxpayers how their tax dollars are being spent. The federal government recently chose to lift sanctions and restore salaries for the 43 First Nation chiefs who were not complying with the First Nations Transparency Act and withholding basic financial information from their members and the Canadian public. Recently, an article written by Ravina Bains, associate director for the Centre for Aboriginal Policy Studies at…