OTTAWA — Hundreds of First Nations across Canada will have to make public the salaries of their chiefs and band councillors under new legislation expected Wednesday from the federal government.

Aboriginal Affairs parliamentary secretary Greg Rickford will introduce “An Act to enhance the financial accountability and transparency of First Nations” on behalf of Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. Duncan will outline details of the bill in Saskatchewan Wednesday afternoon.

The legislation revives a bill from a Saskatchewan Tory backbencher who died when the election was called last March.


Kelly Block’s bill required First Nations to include details of chief and councillors salaries and reimbursements for expenses in annual audited financial statements. If the information isn’t made public by the end of November each year, the minister would have legal authority to release it.