Manitoba First Nations organization puts four senior officials on paid leave during audit

A Manitoba First Nations organization has put four senior officials on paid leave while an audit and internal review unfold within the organization, APTN National News has learned.

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A Manitoba First Nations organization has put four senior officials on paid leave while an audit and internal review unfold within the organization, APTN National News has learned.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents about 30 northern First Nation communities in Manitoba, recently put their executive director and his executive assistant on administrative leave with pay. The two officials were put on leave on a recommendation from an outside firm hired to do the audit and internal review.

MKO’s executive council then recommended the organization’s senior advisor and corporate counsel along with its natural resource secretariat research director also be put on paid administrative leave.

In a statement to APTN National News, MKO said that the decision to put the four officials on leave was “non-disciplinary.”

MKO hired PKBW Group to do the audit and review following the resignation of the organization’s chief financial officer and the completion of a draft audit by the finance department. The draft audit was presented to MKO’s chiefs during their annual general meeting last month.

“All four staff will be participating in an internal review process and MKO anticipates the internal review will identify and strengthen internal processes and protocols for the organization,” said MKO in the statement.

 

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  1. The Mathias Colomb Chief n Council should too be under the microscope !! Since the inception of the 17 million inception on hydro compensation, not once have we had a clear picture nor consultation where the monies has been expended to.This monies was to be for the community economic development what the people wanted to see and built on our reserve.My personal interest is ” WHERE IS THE MONEY AND HOW MUCH IS LEFT OVER FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE ? “, the community members.2012 audit revealed that monies loaned out said ” Unsecured and no method of repayment, and close to 7 million was spend already !!! Come on M.K.O.Chiefs, we are in need of your devouted help since we are under your umbrella.

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