03/27/2013 06:54 EDT | Updated 05/27/2013 05:12 EDT

Winnipeg news conference on First Nation financial transparency disrupted

WINNIPEG - A news conference about a law that requires First Nations to publish audited financial statements and the salaries of chiefs degenerated into a screaming match.

As Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and others tried to speak in Winnipeg they were interrupted by protesters who oppose the new federal legislation.

The protesters yelled and banged on drums to drown out Valcourt and a woman from the Peguis First Nation who supports the law.

Valcourt and others then left the news conference and went into a guarded room.

He later came out and said the First Nations Financial Transparency Act will empower aboriginal people.

Pam Palmater of the Idle No More movement says she opposes the law because the financial information is already transparent. (CJOB)