The Nelson House Justice Seekers

January 26, 2005 13:22 ET

Nelson House Justice Seekers Petition Prime Minister

Comprehensive Forensic Audit of First Nation Sought Attention: Environment Editor, Energy Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 26, 2005) - The Nelson House Justice Seekers have filed a petition with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) asking for a forensic audit of Nisichawayasikh Cree Nation (NCN) revenues and expenditures for the past nine years.

The forensic audit petition supports a band council resolution and is signed by over 800 eligible voting members of the Nelson House First Nation.

Charges of fraud and financial improprieties have been laid against the NCN Vice Chief and are before the courts. However, NCN Chief and Council have continually refused to deal with the financial and accountability concerns of band members.

The forensic audit of NCN is consistent with the commitment of "full disclosure of all federal spending on aboriginals as part of the Martin government's push for greater accountability involving First Nations" (Treasury Board Minister Reg Alcock, Winnipeg Free Press, January 24, 2005).

Band members are also requesting the forensic audit take place prior to a referendum vote to endorse any agreement with Manitoba Hydro for the proposed Wuskwatim Generation Project. To date, no 'Wuskwatim Agreement' has been made available for review, and no consultations regarding the agreement have taken place.

Both the PMO and the complaints division of INAC have responded to the Justice Seekers' petition. Carol Kobliski, Justice Seekers spokesperson commented, "The PMO has responded to our petition and said our concerns are being taken seriously. INAC said a review and investigation will be conducted. We are all waiting for our petition to be addressed as quickly as possible to restore confidence in the administration of our First Nation.

Contact Information

  • Carol Kobliski
    Primary Phone: 204-484-2594