Investigation of Allegations at the Kawacatoose First Nation

Date: 2012

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Name: Kawacatoose First Nation
Population: 1,147 on reserve; 3,036 total registered
Location: Saskatchewan
Current Chief: Darin Poorman
Time period covered by investigation: April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012

Background

The forensic audit firm was tasked to:

Findings – General

Findings – Payments to Chief and Council

Findings – Cash Payments to Emergency Workers

Findings – Social Assistance

Note – Following the audit, a recovery of $90,009.40 was made.

Recommendations

  1. The community should ensure that all payments to emergency workers are properly documented and accounted for: name of the worker, date, hours worked, nature of work, signature of worker.
  2. The community should implement a uniform practice of requiring individuals who are seeking payment to fill out all standard line items on the cheque requisition form before payment is provided. This includes the name of the individual seeking funds, the date, the reason for attendance of various meetings, length of meeting and program name. This would allow the community to maintain a clear auditable trail of payments, which can prevent errors in accounting and bookkeeping practices.
  3. Chief and Council should review the number of meetings and the necessity of holding meetings outside the First Nation and out of the province.
  4. Chief and Council should not be paid for relief work over and above their regular salaries.
  5. Chief and Council should follow the rules in regard to cash payments made to social assistance clients.
 
 
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