Protesters shut down more Innu offices
Protesters shut down the Innu Nation and band council offices in Sheshatshui today, as they continued to call for answers into the controversial spending of the Innu Development Limited Partnership.
The protesters said they wanted Innu leadership to know that they are not happy with their silence over why the IDLP spent more than $1 million over two years on the salary of former CEO Paul Rich, and gave large bonuses for other Innu leaders who sat on the board of the business.
"We want to know what happened to the money and how much money has been missing in the community," said protester Bernadine Milley. "I think that's why people are very frustrated in the community, they want to know the truth and they want to have the answers."
The protesters hoped that shutting down buildings in their community would convince Innu leaders to speak out about the company.
On Friday protesters boarded up the company's offices.
More IDLP figures revealed
Former Natuashish deputy chief Simon Pokue, who was a board member of the IDLP until early July, recently posted a document online which revealed how much money IDLP can generate.
In 2008, the community of Natuashish received more than $2 million from the IDLP, profits generated from joint partnerships with companies such as Innu Mikun, but the same document revealed that in 2010, Natuashish had to pay more than $600,000 to the company.
Documents released last week showed that the leaders of Natuashish and Sheshatshiu were paid $30,000 on top of their regular band chief salaries to sit on the board of the IDLP.
No one from the company or the Innu political leadership has spoken publicly about the situation.