Auditor general raises red flags over handling of emergencies on reserves

Global News

OTTAWA, Ont. – The auditor general has found problems with the way emergencies are handled on aboriginal reserves.

Michael Ferguson’s team says outdated or missing emergency plans are putting First Nations communities at risk.

The auditors also found officials with Aboriginal Affairs don’t always know who is supposed to be doing what during emergencies.

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The report says the department doesn’t know whether First Nations reserves are getting the same level of emergency services as other parts of Canada.

It also took issue with the amount of money Aboriginal Affairs puts into its emergency management program.

The audit says the $19-million annual budget isn’t enough and the department has had to scrounge hundreds of millions of dollars from other sources.

Among the report’s other findings:

– Aboriginal Affairs spends far more to respond to emergencies than to prevent or mitigate them;


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