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Appointed third-party manager kicked out of Attawapiskat

The third-party manager appointed by the Harper government to take over finances in Attawapiskat has been kicked out, according to a report from APTN News.

The northern Ontario reserve has been a major news story after media coverage of its housing crisis. APTN wrote:

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says the outside consultant appointed by Aboriginal Affairs to take over the band's finances has been kicked out of the community and won't be allowed back in.

Spence, who is currently in Ottawa, met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan in his Parliament Hill precinct office for about an hour late Monday afternoon.

Spence said she told Duncan the community planned to fight his decision to put a third-party manager in charge of the band’s finances.

"I told him I don't want to see a third-party on my reserve," said Spence. "He is not coming to the community. He did this morning, we sent him out of there."

... Duncan’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comments from APTN National News.

The story has also been picked up by Global News and CBC News, and is being discussed at #attawapiskat.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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