Spence slams damning Attawapiskat audit

A home in Attawapiskat. (JOHN TORY JR.)

A home in Attawapiskat. (JOHN TORY JR.)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:49 AM ET

OTTAWA — The protesting chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation brushed aside a damning audit as a "distraction" and said the federal government is using it to undermine her credibility ahead of a key meeting this week with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A new audit of the finances of the beleaguered Attawapiskat First Nation found little or no supporting paperwork for more than $100 million in funds it received over a six-year period ending in 2011.

"There is no evidence of due diligence in the use of public funds, including the use of funds for housing," Deloitte partner Serge Desroches wrote in the audit which was given to Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and her band last summer.


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