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Woman drummed out of conference over financial transparency on First Nations

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A woman who pushed for financial transparency on her First Nation was shouted down and drummed out of a news conference today with the visiting Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt.

Valcourt stopped in Winnipeg to announce that the First Nations Financial Accountability Act is receiving Royal Assent today and becomes law.

When Phyllis Sutherland of Peguis First Nation, who lobbied the federal government for more transparency of band finances, was invited to speak she was shouted down by a man drumming loudly. He shouted "oppressors" and "Nazis" at people attending the news conference, which ended abruptly. He identified himself only as a resident of Turtle Island.

The new legislation means the salaries of First Nations' officials have to be posted online as do First Nations' audited financial statements, Valcourt said.

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Updated on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM CDT: Writethru after conference.

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