Questions are being raised over the pay being reeled in for the Chief of Kwikwetlem First Nation.
Kwikwetlem First Nation has 81 members with less than half living on reserve but while a small band Chief Ron Giesbrecht gets a giant $914,000 in compensation.
The next highest paid member is Councillor Ed Hall who recieved, in comparison, a paltry $52,000 dollars.
In the band’s financial breakdown it notes it has Eight and a half million in cash, with a million in long term debt.
On the revenue side the BC Government kicks in the most by far giving the band a hefty $8.2 million bucks.
The band has recently laid an ancestral claim to the Riverview lands.
The Kwikwetlem First Nation is trying to clarify why the chief was paid $914,000.
On its website Kwikwetlem First Nation says it understands seeing such a large number can be “disconcerting.”
In breaking down the compensation for Chief Ron Giesbrecht it says in the last fiscal year his salary was just over $100,000.
But he also earned $80,000 as the band’s Economic Development Officer.
The position also gets a bonus, which equaled $800,000 dollars.
Kwikwetlem First Nation says a new contract has been negotiated and the bonus removed.
It says the Chief’s salary has also been reduced to just 4800 dollars.
The Chief won’t talk saying the statement will stand for itself.
But, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the Chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation should be answering tough questions.
However Jordan Bateman says Chief Ron Giesbrecht doesn’t seem to want to talk, refusing comment to media, shutting down his Facebook page, on top of throwing reporters off reserve land.
Kwikwetlem First Nation, on its website, is trying to clarify why Giesbrecht made 914-thousand dollars..but Bateman isn’t buying it.
“No I don’t in the end this is still money that went into the Chief’s pocket that would have been better spent improving conditions on the reserve. To think a person that governs 81 people, less than half who actually live on the reserve, took home more $900,000 tax free. It is outrageous and it is an embarassment to the Kwikwetlem reserve.”
As Economic Development Officer Chief Giesbrecht recieved an 800-thousand dollar bonus on an 80-thousand dollar salary for one of his two positions.