It’s been years coming, but now you can see just what Canada’s First Nations chiefs and band councillors earn.
Colin Craig with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says today is the deadline for the bands to submit the information to the federal government.
He says financial details for 17 bands have been posted so far, 10 of which are in B.C.
“The big benefit of posting this information online is that in the past, we’ve heard from people on reserves that they’ve been bullied for going into the band office and asking to see this information. I mean, it’s appalling, but this is actually what we’ve heard from many different communities.”
Craig says the calls for more transparency started back in 2009, but last year the laws were finally changed so that First Nations could be forced to hand over the information.
Federal payments will be withheld from those who don’t comply.
Kamloops Chief Shane Gottfriedson’s total annual compensation is slightly more than $92,000.
In Osoyoos, Chief Clarence Louie is collecting about $151,000.
The Sumas First Nations Chief Dalton Silver is earning $37,000.
That Abbotsford-area band’s numbers have been posted before those of the Squamish and Musqueam nations, as well as many other Lower Mainland bands.
Check out the list here.