Without First Nations Accountability Act, it's 'impossible' to get info: ex-AFN employee

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Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

OTTAWA - A former employee of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador says without the First Nations Accountability Act, it would be "impossible" for those living on reserves to find out how community funds are spent.

Michael Benedict, a tax specialist and member of the Odanak First Nation, said he has first-hand experience with the difficulties that can follow by questioning First Nations' leadership, particularly about financial matters.

"It's not difficult for First Nations' to get information on how their money is spent," he said. "It's impossible"¦ and these financial problems are due to lack of financial responsibility and accountability on reserve."

Under the the First Nations Accountability Act, chiefs and band council are now required by law to post financial information online.

One salary recently illuminated by this legislation was that of Kwikwetlem Chief Ron Giesbrecht, who earned $914, 219 in 2013 plus $16,574 in expenses.


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