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CONTRIBUTION · 29th January 2013
Don Camsell
An open letter to all Gitxsan citizens

What happened to the $35 Million?
January 28, 2013

Did you know that during the 7 year period 2004 to 2011 the Gitxsan Treaty Society (GTS) has received $35,325,296 to negotiate a treaty and do other things?

Well we don’t have a treaty (there is some question if we really want or need one) and we are not quite sure what the “other things” are.

Thirty five million dollars would build a lot of houses, send a lot of students to university or provide a lot of health care and extra support to those in need. Unfortunately most of the money never got to the people who need it.

Chief Theresa Spence and her Attawapiskat hunger strike have brought a lot of attention to the topic of money management. The Gitxsan Unity Movement (GUM) asks you to read the recent Deloitt Touché Audit Assessment of the GTS very carefully and draw your own conclusions as to what is going on. You can obtain a copy from any Gimlitxwit member or GUM would be pleased to provide you with a copy, an electronic copy is also available.

A careful reading and some spread sheet manipulation of the audit numbers indicate that the GTS is spending over 80% of their funding on themselves.

There has been over $350,000.00 spent on “outside consultants” some of who have questionable credentials.

There has been close to half a million dollars spent on three Gitxsan individuals with no indication of what they did for this money.

There have been payments of more than $5 million dollars a year on other suppliers. These other suppliers are lawyers, bookkeepers, hotels, promotional items, signs and meeting planners etc..

We wonder how 3 people can spend a quarter million dollars a year on travel. Consider that at $1000.00 a day that means these folks are travelling 250 days a year. Draw your own conclusions or ask for an accounting.

The goal of GUM is to bring harmony between the Gitxsan government and the values, law, and will of the Gitxsan. Open, honest, transparent management and communication is our goal.

We ask you to have a critical look at all the material available and draw your own conclusions.

Earlier Article on the GTS and the Deloitte and Touche Audit - click here