Investigation of Allegations at the Pheasant Rump First Nation

Date: 2013

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Name: Pheasant Rump First Nation
Population: 144 on reserve; 407 total registered
Location: Saskatchewan
Current Chief: Ira McArthur
Time period covered by investigation: April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2010

Background

Findings – Post-secondary Education

Post-secondary education

  • No files related to post-secondary students were provided to the auditors. The auditors could not comment on whether the students living off reserve were receiving funding or not.
  • The auditors noted that 98% of the payments made from 2009 to 2011 to the Councilor in charge of Education at the time were charged to the post-secondary education account (totaling $113,318).
  • The Chief and other councilors were paid less than $5,000 from post-secondary program funds during the review period.

Findings – Review of Bank Accounts

Two bank accounts

  • The auditors noted that deposits, totaling approximately $497,000 for the two accounts, do not appear to be from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada funds. The band's auditor confirmed that the funds deposited were derived from oil revenues and that these revenues are accounted for in the audited financial statements.
  • A total of $85,583 could not be traced to specific individual recipients.
  • Given that the funds used were generated by the Band's own-source revenue, the auditors cannot comment on the appropriateness of the payments that were made to the elected Chief and Council or others at the time of the transactions.

Findings – General

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