Beginning in 2019, select First Nations will only have to submit 89 reports for each dollar spent, thanks to a new federal funding regime announced this week by the federal Indigenous Services Department.
“it’s a huge deal,” said an elated Jane Philpott, the Minister of Indigenous Services.
“This is maybe the scent of a hint of the beginning of a long-awaited renewed fiscal relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”
Under the current federal funding formula, First Nations are required to submit 130 reports for each dollar spent on things like education, health and social services.
“So this new federal funding formula is way better,” Philpott said.
A spokesperson from the federal government said that the task of collecting the reports from First Nations would now be handled by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and RCMP, who regularly spy on communities anyway.