Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said he is “disgusted” by the crime and called on the government to rethink how it manages indigenous programmes on reserve.
“This was an unconscionable act, and we hope that the harshest possible sentence may serve as a deterrent for anyone daring to seek personal gain at the expense of our communities,” said Mr Fiddler, who is the grand chief for Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario, in a written statement.
Mr Fiddler wants the federal government, which has jurisdiction on reserves, to review how it imposes third-party managers on services and programmes aimed at indigenous people, rather than let the communities run the programmes outright.
“It is about time they take this seriously,” Mr Fiddler said.
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