A recent court order gives the Onion Lake Cree Nation near the Alberta/Saskatchewan border 30 days to disclose its basic financial records.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation helped with a court application that was launched by band member Charmaine Stick in 2016.
On Saturday, CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay told the Alberta Morning News this was a huge decision.
“Onion Lake Cree Nation is one band that has refused to provide that kind of transparency for years. The federal government is no longer enforcing the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, so that meant that band members like Charmaine Stick literally couldn’t find out what was going with their community’s money.”
Stick made headlines in 2014 by going on a 13-day hunger strike in a bid to try and push the band for better financial transparency.
He said most first nations do post their #finances, but there are still some that are refusing, and this is an extraordinary failure by the federal government.
“They’ve failed people like Charmaine Stick and many others across the country, now the courts are stepping in. This is going to put massive pressure on the federal government to do something. They can’t just sit there and ignore this issue. It’s absolutely irresponsible for them to be ignoring it as long as they have.”
#Ungovernable Lesson of the Day: Where is the money? Show me the money!