FEDERAL BUDGET: ALGONQUINS CALL TO END THIRD PARTY MANAGEMENT
PAYING GOVERNMENT-IMPOSED ACCOUNTANTS 40 TIMES INITIAL DEFICIT
Ottawa, 22 March 2017. Barriere Lake First Nation will be holding a press conference today, March 23rd, 1h00pm, on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, to denounce the federal government for imposing financial management on their band by accountants who earned millions of dollars over the last 10 years paid out of meager band funds. Representatives from the Algonquin Nation will be joined by NDP Leadership Candidate Charlie Angus and human rights delegates from civil society groups who visited the community yesterday to show support for Barriere Lake’s struggle to restore financial control to their community.
When: March 23, 2017: 1h00pm
Where: Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
What: Algonquins of Barriere Lake Calling To End Third Party Management
Who: Barriere Lake Algonquins and NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus
MP Charlie Angus obtained documents that show that Barriere Lake pays much more than other bands under “third party management.” In 2006, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs imposed third party management (TPM) to the Algonquins of Barriere Lake due to a $83,000 deficit, which has since been paid many times over in government-imposed accountant fees.
For more information:
- Chief Casey Ratt: Algonquins of Barriere Lake, 819-441-8002
- Tony Wawatie, Interim Director General, Algonquins of Barriere Lake, 819-355-3662
- Norman Matchewan, Band Councillor, Algonquins of Barriere Lake, 819-441-8006
- Michel Thusky, community member (French speaking), 819-215-0591- Charlie Angus, MP and NDP leadership candidate, 613-992-2919