Attawapiskat audit reveals shoddy band oversight, neglect by federal overseers

OTTAWA – An audit of millions of dollars in spending at the troubled Attawapiskat reserve in northern Ontario reveals an absence of basic accounting by the band council and ongoing indifference by federal government departments.

The Deloitte audit — released publicly by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development today after being leaked to select media outlets — catalogues more than $109 million in spending over almost seven years, much of it poorly documented, undocumented, or questionable.

The audit comes as Theresa Spence, the elected chief of Attawapiskat, continues a hunger strike in Ottawa in an effort to focus the attention of the Harper government on First Nations concerns.

Among the 505 transactions examined from April 2005 through November 2011, fewer than 20 per cent could be fully tracked and documented — and 61 per cent had no documentation at all explaining the reason for payment.

The auditors report they found “no evidence of due diligence in the use of public funds” by the band, and conclude they were unable to determine if the funds were spent for their intended purpose.

The government-appointed auditors also found that poor housing conditions were not flagged by federal authorities, despite inspections by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

They also concluded that large sums of core housing funds were improperly diverted to pay interest charges with the full knowledge of the department of Aboriginal Affairs.




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Attawapiskat audit reveals shoddy band oversight, neglect by federal overseers

  1. ‘ongoing indifference by federal government departments.’

    ‘poor housing conditions were not flagged by federal authorities’

    ‘to pay interest charges with the full knowledge of the department of Indian Affairs.’

    Seems Chief Spence isn’t the culprit here. The Feds are.

      • You just don’t quite comprehend the situation, doya……

        • Yea I do I dont have white guilt and dont live my life in 24-7-365 denial

          • Like I said….no comprehension. Just bumper sticker philosophy.

          • Talking about yourself again Ms.Sheep

          • I realize you cannot discuss the topic….but I’m not about to be diverted by your wish to discuss me instead.

          • What are you going to do when your little fat buddy, Chief Four Chins Lobster Thermador, goes to the slammer.

          • What else, Blame Harper!

          • They have an old saying about old age and wisdom, they “come together.”

            Well in Emily’s case old age came alone.

          • Elmo is much smarter than you La,La,La,La

    • It’s time you read the Treaties ….. Bozo.

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