Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

5 First Nations to fight Transparency Act in federal court today


Lawyers for the federal government are to be in court today to persuade a judge to force five First Nations to open their books to the public.

The reserves are protesting the government's transparency law, which since last year requires all First Nations to post their salaries and audited financial statements online.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has said the legislation makes financial information more accessible to band members and leads to "more effective, transparent and accountable governance, as well as stronger, more self-sufficient and prosperous communities."


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