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Audit finds discrepencies in spending by Attawapiskat band

Ottawa, ON (NEWS1130) – Millions of dollars in spending at the Attawapiskat First Nation are in question after an independent audit.

The audit, done by Deloitte, found that there was no due diligence given to millions of dollars in federal funding for housing and health costs.

According to the CBC, there is little or no documentation for hundreds of transactions made by the Band Council, which includes Chief Theresa Spence.

Spence has been in the spotlight for nearly a month now as she is on a hunger strike, calling for the Prime Minister to meet with First Nations leaders on a host of issues.

On Monday, media were ushered away from the teepee where Spence is spending her time, and questions about the report have gone unanswered.

While Theresa Spence is not speaking about the matter herself, a spokesperson for the Chief called it a ‘smear campaign’, questioning “Why are we undermining Attawapiskat, why are we trying to undermine Theresa Spence when it’s all about nation to nation relationships? We should be undermining the Prime Minister.”

A copy of the document can be found here.