CBC News — First Nations threaten legal action, blockades if funding cut
Forcing chiefs to make financial information, including their salaries, public detracts attention away from the bigger issues facing First Nations, according to one academic.
Leah Gazan teaches in the faculty of education at the University of Winnipeg and has studied the Idle No More movement.
She said poverty in many First Nations communities should be the focus, not chiefs' salaries.
"[The] gross underfunding [that] we see in many of our communities that don't have clean drinking water, running water or adequate housing," she said.
Gazan admits some chiefs do make too much, but that's a small part of the picture.
"It's not helpful for building positive relationships with fellow Canadians when we are painted so often in a negative light, very often in the media," she said.
CBC News. (2014, August 08). First Nations threaten legal action, blockades if funding cut | CBC News. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/first-nations-threaten-legal-action-blockades-if-funding-cut-1.2731477