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First Nations gov't should be subject to privacy rules: report

N.W.T. Privacy Commissioner's report says accountablity is important for all forms of government

CBC News

The Northwest Territories' information and privacy commissioner says First Nations governments need to be held more accountable.

Elaine Keenan Bengts presented her annual report at the Legislative Assembly on Friday.

The report recommends that First Nations governments be subject to the same privacy and access-to-information rules as the territorial and federal governments.

Keenan Bengts says access-to-information laws help keep governments honest and First Nations governments are no different.

"As governments, they have control of the public purse, of the public interest. They're elected officials, just like our government and they should be responsible to their electorate."

Keenan Bengts says as long as First Nations governments are a democratic government within Canada, they will most likely have to provide access to their records in the future.  

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