April 25th, 2024

Federal government launches forensic audit of Saskatchewan First Nations group

By The Canadian Press on March 19, 2024.

Federation of Indigenous Sovereign Nations' (FSIN) Chief Bobby Cameron, during a media event hosted by the FSIN in Saskatoon on Thursday, February 1, 2024. Indigenous Services Canada is launching a forensic audit of an organization representing 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

OTTAWA – Indigenous Services Canada says it plans to launch a forensic audit of an organization representing 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.

The department says it is aware of allegations brought forward against the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and is reviewing them.

The government says in a statement that it takes allegations of the misuse of public funds seriously.

But the statement says that due to privacy concerns, it is not confirming any details about the audit.

The federation advocates on behalf of member First Nations on issues such as education and child welfare.

It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 19, 2024.

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