Almost 200 First Nations Reserves to Lose Funding Over Failure to Disclose

The Conservative government will start withholding millions of dollars in salaries and other funding from nearly 200 First Nations after they failed to publish detailed financial information online, as is required by a controversial federal law.

Under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, 581 First Nations from across the country were required to post audited financial statements on the Internet by midnight Tuesday or risk losing non-essential funding from the federal government.

The information to be made public included how much money individual band leaders made during the year, no matter whether the income came from federal funding or the First Nation’s business interests.

The federal Aboriginal Affairs department said 191 – or nearly one-third – had not posted their information as of Wednesday. While more are expected to trickle in over the next few days, the figure is still striking after only 10 First Nations did not comply with the law last year.

  • terrence

    It is about time – these “Las Vegas” chiefs are disgusting money grubbers – “Las Vegas” because they spend a LOT of TAXPAYER time and MONEY in Las Vegas.

    • BillyHW

      But they used every part of the buffalo you know.

      • terrence

        Yeah, especially in the buffalo jumps all over southern Alberta, where they somehow would only find the tongues and liver in all those dead and dying buffalo.

      • Especially the crap.

  • mauser 98

    they can make up, photoshop anything

  • kkruger71

    My guess is the reason there are less complying than last year is because of the election. They are holding out, hoping the Liberals or NDP win, figuring neither one will enforce the law or that they might just repeal it.

  • CodexCoder

    If they don’t comply, then an audit would be the next order of business with the results reported publicly.

  • Chris

    Accountability is a racist concept.

    • The Butterfly

      That be a white man’s religion.

      • Chris

        So true

  • Robert

    Another reason Harper is the best PM this country could have at this time.

  • cmh


  • Oil and beef


  • Clausewitz

    Don’t follow the rules, you don’t get the candy. I’m guessing they don’t want to spend some time at Her Majesties convenience for the massive embezzlement they have undertaken over the years.

    • Michelle

      So ignorant. Much racism. Hillbilly eh?

      • Clausewitz

        So pretentious, and oh so predictable.