16X9 first requested a breakdown of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) infrastructure funding allocated to Shoal Lake #40 First Nation on September 1st, 2015.
After more than two months and multiple follow-up requests to AANDC 16X9 received the following response at 4:07pm Friday, November 6, on the eve before the story was slated to air.
In an email addressed to 16×9 an AANDC spokesperson stated:
AANDC has invested $6,671,937 in Shoal Lake #40 from 2011-2012 fiscal year until September 15, 2015.
The $6,671,937 breaks down as follows:
Core Capital Funding: $1,281,301
Operation & Maintenance activities: $1,734,303
School Renovations: $252,600
Barge Upgrades: $127,680
Solid Waste: $182,200
Road Design and Construction: $3,085,688
This doesn’t include $328,712 that has been allocated for various capital expenditures in 2015-2016 but has not yet been spent.
This information has not yet been verified by 16X9.
AANDC has not responded to our question whether the $6,671,937 represents more than a 2% increase in infrastructure funding, overall.
*Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is now called Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada