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55 First Nations Risk Losing Funding For Not Complying With Transparency Law

11/27/2014 02:27 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
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The government has published the names of 55 First Nations that have not complied with new transparency rules that require them to post their financial statements online for the last fiscal year.

Chief Wallace Fox from the Onion Lake Cree Nation, which appears on the list, announced on Wednesday his band is taking the government to court over the new law.

​The bulk of those which have not complied  — 37 First Nations — are in the western provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Twelve are in Ontario, three in Alberta, and one each in Quebec, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has publicly said First Nations that don't follow the law could be subject to "court orders, withholding of non-essential funding and withholding of new funding."

The 55 First Nations are:

Quebec

- Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Ontario

- Wahta Mohawks

- Taykwa Tagamou Nation

- Weenusk First Nation

- Wabauskang First Nation

- Ginoogaming First Nation

- Gull Bay First Nation

- Whitesand First Nation

- Bearskin Lake First Nation

- Fort Severn First Nation

- Chapleau Ojibway First Nation

- Neskantaga First Nation

- Kashechewan First Nation

Manitoba

- Hollow Water Band

- Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Government

- Little Saskatchewan Band

- Norway House Cree Nation

- Ebb And Flow Band

- Dakota Tipi Band

- Wasagamack First Nation

- Bunibonibee Cree Nation

- York Factory First Nation

- Fox Lake Band

- Shamattawa First Nation

- Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation

- Northlands Band

- Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation

- Lake St Martin

Saskatchewan

- Onion Lake Cree Nation

- Poundmaker Band

- Thunderchild

- Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation

- Red Earth Band

- Cowessess Band

- Ochapowace Band

- Fishing Lake First Nation Band

- Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation

- English River First Nation Band

Alberta

- Sawridge Band

- Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

- Cold Lake First Nations Band

British Columbia

- Skatin Nations

- New Westminster Indian Band

- Semiahmoo Indian Band

- Chawathil Indian Band

- Popkum Indian Band

- Peters Indian Band

- Takla Lake First Nation

- Gitxaala Nation

- Oregon Jack Creek Indian Band

- Boston Bar First Nation

- High Bar Indian Band

- Tl'etinqox Government

Yukon

- Liard First Nation

Northwest Territories

- Acho Dene Koe First Nation

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