Accountable First Nations Governance

Bill C27  is a controversial bill intended to enhance financial accountability and transparency in First Nations governments.  In this bill, “accountability” means that every time money changes hands, there must be a clear record of what was involved in the transaction and where the money went.  The bill does not cover disclosure on WHY the council chose to do that transaction in the first place.  First Nations view this bill as paternalistic and unnecessary.

Irregardless of the opinions of either side, the bill will go through.  What is of importance at this point is to develop a cooperative process that satisfies the law and gives First Nations people clear information about what their leaders are doing with their money.

To view the entire article by Don Lenihan, see Accountable First Nations Governance–Minus the Paternalism as published by iPolitics on February 26, 2013.

Don Lenihan is senior associate at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa, Canada. He is an internationally recognized expert on democracy and public engagement, accountability and service delivery, with over 25 years of experience in the field. He is the author of numerous articles, studies and books. Don’s latest book, Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement, is published by the Public Policy Forum.

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