Semiahmoo First Nation land

Semiahmoo First Nation disputes financial-filing deadline

According to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 49 First Nations have yet to file required information.

The Semiahmoo First Nation is among dozens of First Nations facing sanctions by the federal government, after failing to file information detailing the band’s expenses and how much its officials get paid.

Under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act – which became law in March 2013 – the deadline for all First Nations to file the information with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development was midnight Wednesday (Nov. 26).

As of this week, the Semiahmoo were listed as among 49 First Nations in Canada – out of 582 covered by the law – that had not complied. (The names of all non-compliant bands have been posted to the AANDC website, which is is said to be updated as the information comes in.)

However, band councillor Joanne Charles told Peace Arch News the Semiahmoo is working with the ministry and shouldn’t have been identified as non-compliant.

“We had till yesterday (Nov. 27),” Charles said Friday afternoon. “Our letter said on or before the 27th. We complied with what we needed to.”

As of Monday afternoon, the federal website still listed Semiahmoo documents as “not yet posted.”

According to the ministry, First Nations that don’t comply risk losing any non-essential funding the bands receive from the federal government, as well as any new, non-essential funding they may request.

Exactly how much funding is at stake for the Semiahmoo – with a registered population of 89 – is unclear.

According to the most recent financial document posted online, the band received a total of $225,792 in federal funding for the year ending March 31, 2006.

Semiahmoo is listed as one of 12 B.C. bands not to file by last week’s deadline.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. announces regional cancer treatment centre to be included in new Surrey hospital

Services expected to include treatment, supportive care, research, education, innovative technologies

Cloverdale store owner giving away free face shields

Tricia Ellingsen offering more than 200 free protective shields

Two new recycling trucks on the way for White Rock

Council approves higher cost to reduce operations yard problems

Politicians want Surrey’s Civic Distinction Awards done ‘virtually,’ not postponed

City staff recommended they be put off to the fall of 2021 because of the pandemic

Tree falls across road in Surrey

Crews on scene to clear the debris

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

VIDEO: A B.C business used robots to bring down concrete walls

Walco Industries is the only firm on Vancouver Island to use specialized robots for hydro-demolition

As CERB winds down, labour group asks Liberals to rethink EI

The government estimates four million people will be moved onto EI after CERB ends

‘Tiny home’ being built for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

Online campaign raises $59,000 for custom cargo trailer for Katie Hobson

Walmart to make face masks mandatory for customers across Canada

Requirement goes into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 12 across Canada

2016 kidnapping, extortion by Hells Angels member related to Hope cannabis grow ops

Various Hope area grow ops connected to distribution network in Edmonton, court documents detail

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Most Read

l -->