APN: Chiefs decide that judicial audit is not necessary

APN: Chiefs decide that judicial audit is not necessary
APN: Chiefs decide that judicial audit is not necessary

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) passed an emergency resolution at its general assembly in Montreal on Tuesday cancelling a forensic audit that had been pushed by former national chief RoseAnne Archibald before she was ousted as national chief last year.

The resolution states that the audit of the books of theAPN is not justified and should not be undertakenon the advice of accounting firm BDO, which conducted a review. Ms Archibald first requested an audit in 2022, when allegations of financial irregularities were made to theAPN. That year, at the annual general meeting, the chiefs voted in favor of a resolution to audit the finances of theAPN over 10 years, paying particular attention to salaries and contracts.

After being ousted from her post in June 2023, Ms Archibald said the audit should still take place.

In an emergency resolution Tuesday, the chiefs voted to rescind it and instead ordered the assembly to comply with the Canada Labour Code.

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Former Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald at an event in June 2023, before her removal.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Sean Kilpatrick

The resolution states that BDO’s review focused on three items: severance packages for former employees, contracts and credit cards.

BDO collected documents for review and conducted interviews with various individuals, including past and present AFN employees and former National Chief Archibaldindicates the resolution.

Following this review, BDO concluded that a forensic audit was not recommended, but that theAPN should update its financial policies and implementing provisions.

The resolution also calls on theAPN to update all its policies to ensure that there are clear processes for procurement procedures and their application.

The leaders also say the organization must impose strict compliance policies on the use of credit cards it issues. Failure to submit receipts will result in the cards being cancelled, the resolution states.

An amendment that would have required these procedural changes to be completed within a year was rejected.

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