The Feds say $100 million since 2005 at the Attawapiskat reserve has been improperly accounted for. The band’s hunger-striking chief, Theresa Spence, says that’s a red herring, a distraction. While there are irregularities on both sides, reports The Toronto Star, the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche’s audit found nothing fraudulent.
The Star quotes NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat: ‘ “There’s no smoking gun here. They’re not saying somebody took the money to go off to Florida.” He and others suspected the timing of the audit’s release before Friday’s key meeting with aboriginal leaders, Spence among them, was a cynical move to discredit her.’ The National Post adds that there ‘were the oversight failures from [the federal ministry] Aboriginal Affairs.’ Dr Pam Palmater, M’iqmak lawyer, university professor, and Idle No More spokesperson, says the audit actually shows that matters improved under Chief Spence.