OTTAWA, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to the passage in the Senate
of Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act, Assembly of
First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo expressed the
urgent need to move forward on First Nation plans and priorities that
will achieve real change for First Nation governments, citizens and
"First Nations have been clear in their commitment to accountability and
transparency to all of our citizens" said AFN National Chief Shawn
Atleo "Witnesses repeatedly told the House of Commons and the Senate
that Bill C-27 would not support this accountability, but instead gives
more power to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development. We do not support unilateralism that further entrenches us
in a system that doesn't work for our people or Canada,"
In December 2010, AFN Chiefs-in-Assembly unanimously passed a resolution
reaffirming their commitment to maintaining transparent and accountable
decision-making structures in their communities. The resolution also
confirmed that the primary reporting and accountability relationship is
to their citizens, and committed to designing mechanisms to ensure open
and informed involvement in community decision-making.
The AFN opposed Bill C-27 at all of its stages, instead calling for
fulfillment of a transformed relationship between First Nations and
Canada, including fair and appropriate fiscal arrangements.
"The answers lie in our communities and with our citizens, not with more
control from Ottawa," said National Chief Atleo, "The passage of this
Bill reminds us of the work we still need to do to bring about real and
lasting change to First Nations. First Nations are advancing plans
based on our rights and the clear principles of accountability,
transparency and achieving mutual standards. Canada needs to listen,
and to act."
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms,
SOURCE: ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS
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