From an APTN interview with Clayton Kennedy, the band's former co-manager. Looks like yesterday's outrage was a tad overblown. A couple of interesting facts re some of the "controversy" around the band's financial arrangements.
Firstly, as most people seem to have figured out by now, much of the inadequate documentation of expenses took place before Theresa Spence became chief. In fact, I would also say it occurred after the time Mr. Kennedy first worked for the band (2001-2004) and before the time he returned to it (2010).
About Mr. Kennedy's salary:
Kennedy said the band was previously co-managed by BDO Canada from November 2009 to April 2010, but the band council decided to not continue with them after the firm asked for $400,000 a year over five years to do the job. Kennedy said he earned about $140,000 by comparison.
About fundraising for Chief Spence:
Clayton Kennedy, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s life partner, said he wants to allay concerns raised in the media about a savings account he set up to for donations to support Spence’s hunger strike.
So far, the account has received about $31,000 in donations and spent about $20,400 on expenses like hotels for support staff at the site and Spence’s family along with food, stoves, gasoline and the rental of a car, he said.
Kennedy said he has kept all the receipts and will be providing a detailed breakdown of the spending to the major donors.
According Kennedy, Chief Spence is not staying in a hotel and is not collecting a per diem from the band. Also, from another source, re her diet:
Speaking to Postmedia in late December, Dr. Yoni Freedoff, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa, estimated that Chief Spence is probably getting between 200 to 400 calories a day — a quarter of the 1,200 an average person requires.
So there you have it.