‘Where Has All The Money Gone?’

‘Onion Lake resident calls for release of Band’s financial documents’

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“A resident of the Onion Lake Cree ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 5,032 people and “The country’s top oil producing ‘First Nation’”} is launching a court application to try to get answers about how her Band is spending its money.

“Charmaine Stick, an Onion Lake Band member, launched an application in Regina…asking the court to force her band to disclose its salaries, expenses and financial statements.

“Stick said she’s been fighting for years for greater transparency from her council.
{For more background, see below…}

“Our Band membership had been asking questions in regards to transparency and accountability within our leadership for the past two to four years”, Stick said.

“‘CBC News’ reached out to the Band leadership but hasn’t yet received a response.

“Stick said there’s greater concern now because the Band has put a halt to the development of dozens of new housing units in the community.

“That’s on hold because we’re being told there is no money for the rest of that, when this past March we were told that there was money to finish those 60 units that were coming up”, she said.

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Onion Lake was one of several ‘First Nations’ from across the country that had its funding for non-essential services withheld in 2015 for failing to comply with the {Transparency} Act.

“Onion Lake took Ottawa to court over the Act, arguing that the Band already does annual audited statements that are available to Band members and that it follows federal protocols…

“The Band’s lawyer said in court that making this information public online would hurt the Band because it has information related to confidential business dealings.

“After the Liberal government came to power last year, ‘Indigenous’ {‘Siberian Settler’} Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett reinstated the frozen funds and halted the Act’s compliance measures.

“…Stick said…she’s asked for documents in the past that haven’t been provided.

“We haven’t really been getting any answers”, she said.The fact that there is no accountability or transparency within our communities is a form of oppression for our people.”

“Stick has the support of the ‘Canadian Taxpayers Federation’, which said not posting the documents is “completely unacceptable”.

“Charmaine deserves to know what’s going on with her community’s money. That’s a simple fact. Every Canadian has a right to know what their leaders are doing with their money”, said Todd MacKay, prairie director for the Taxpayers Federation.

“MacKay said he’s hopeful that the leadership at Onion Lake will post its financial documents online in response to the court application.

“If they don’t, we’ll continue to fight this through the courts”, MacKay said.

–‘Onion Lake resident calls for release of band’s financial documents’,
CBC News, November 10, 2016

Feature IMAGE: Micki Cowan – CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/saskatchewan/onion-lake-financial-documents-2016-1.3845712

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For more background on Charmaine Stick and Onion Lake…
From 2014:

“An Onion Lake Cree ‘Nation’ woman is wondering where all the oil revenue money has gone.

“Charmaine Stick is a week into a hunger strike protesting what she believes is mismanagement of the Band’s substantial oil revenues…

“Stick says documentation she received from ‘Black Pearl Resources’ says over 500-million dollars in royalties from various stakeholders has gone to the Cree ‘Nation’, but the community isn’t seeing it

“Stick doesn’t believe the Chief and Council are being open with their people. She has spoken with Chief Wallace Fox but hasn’t been satisfied with his answers…

“The strike is causing a significant rift in the community as Fox is Stick’s uncle, and the conflict is causing a divide in the family…”

–‘Crunch Time’ (Accountability Act) {November 27, 2014}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/566069840161920/?type=1

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See also: 
‘Chiefs Free To Steal Again’ {October 28, 2015}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/chiefs-free-to-steal-again/ 

‘Aboriginals deserve good financial governance’ {June 28, 2015}: https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/644544398981130/?type=3
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