Huge victory for aboriginal band members, CTF
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This past Friday, Charmaine Stick, an aboriginal activist from Saskatchewan, scored a huge victory in court; one that could help aboriginal people across Canada who have had trouble finding out how their bands are spending public funds.
Stick went to court to demand that her band, the Onion Lake First Nation, release its financial statements; including details on the compensation paid to the Chief and Council. Previously, the band had refused to provide Stick with a copy of the materials.
According to the CBC, the “provincial Court of Queen's Bench has ordered the First Nation to follow federal legislation saying it must disclose its basic financial records.”
Stick and her lawyer used the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, legislation passed by the Harper government, to push for the release of the band’s financials. Her legal push was aided by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation – who helped raise funds to pay for the legal challenge. The CTF was the driving force behind the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, first calling for the legislation back in 2009.