First Nations seek audit of spending at SD57

February 10, 2021
The chiefs of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band are reportedly seeking an audit of how School District 57 is spending the money that has been earmarked for its Indigenous students. In an issued statement, the chiefs explain that the two communities have not received transparent, annual accounts of how the money they send the district is being used, and expressed concern about lower graduation rates for Indigenous students in the district. “Our education teams keep asking for details about how the funds we send each year are spent, and all we have received so far is correspondence in ‘draft’ form,” MLIB deputy chief Jayde Duranleau said. SD57 Board Chair Trent Derrick confirmed that the district has received the request and that the district is “working to determine the scope and nature of the request as well as to establish who will cover the expenses attached to this endeavour.” Prince George Citizen (BC)