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First Nations barred from political donations

First Nations have been prohibited from making political donations by Elections Canada. Some of the donations came from federal dollars, CBC News reports.

First Nations gave nearly $50,000 to the Liberal Party and its candidates from 2000 to 2002, according to CBC News. The largest donations came from the Norway House Cree Nation, which gave more than $10,000 during that time.

Norway House Chief Ron Evans says the donations helped the band gain access to top officials. But council member Marcel Balfour says the money could have gone to better use on a reserve with high unemployment and other problems.

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Manitoba First Nations donated thousands of dollars to Liberal party (CBC 6/10)
First Nations donate thousands to Liberals (CBC 6/10)

Relevant Documents:
PDF: First Nations' Liberal donations (CBC)