Angry Kwikwetlem First Nation members slam Chief’s massive salary

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

“Earning 900-thousand dollars for a tiny little nation of 85 is the height of stupidity. Every First Nation is laughing at us right now that Ron got away with this.”

Angry residents of the Kwiketlem First Nation sounded off today to Global News, after it was revealed Chief Ron Giesbrecht made $914, 000 dollars in salary last year.

“You do not deserve $800-thousand dollars. You’re wrong, and you’re disrespectful to your elders, disrespectful to your nation, and it’s just a disgrace you did this to your people. And you should be ashamed of yourself.”

“No person in British Columbia. The CEO of BC Hydro, BC Ferries. They got in trouble for making $90,000 or over $100,000. And this guy here, thinks he’s god.”

$800,000 of Giesbrecht’s earnings came as a result of an economic development bonus, for generating $8-million worth of economic activity.

Giesbrecht plans to meet the media again with more information next Wednesday.

 

 

Comments

  1. According to the Sun, the Aboriginal Affairs minister refused to confirm if the contract involved the Evergreen Line. Fair enough but Todd Stone is better positioned as Transportation Manager to comment whether the contract was priced to provide for a $800.000 bonus to Chief Ron.

  2. And now let’s open the books of these public sector unions. Public money is being wasted here people. And this isn’t a BC Liberal or federal Tory thing despite the ignorance of some, this is just pure greed and selfishness.

  3. This Chief does not ever live on the Reserve . . . a reserve which needs a lot of upgrading.
    Many in the Band claim they did not ever know about the $800,000 . . . which was intended for the band coffers . . . not the pocket of the absentee Chief.
    In the real world we call this “theft” . . .
    Time for the Indian Industry to be brought into the real world, “Transparency” is the first small step . . .

  4. Those who pay attention are or should be aware that offering signing bonuses to FNs is the hallmark of the provincial government. Is our government spending our money wisely?

    If the province offers and pays a bonus without stipulating how the bonus will be distributed or spent, then the FN involved has an unfettered right to distribute those funds as it considers appropriate. It may well be that the CTF and others are barking up the wrong tree. Once money has been paid out, the CTF has no say in the matter.

    Stated bluntly, how the FN spends the bonus funds is not the government’s or the taxpayers’ business. Let Chief Ron and his members deal with it. No sense closing the gate after the horse has bolted.

    If you , as a non-FN member, do not like how bonuses are spent by FNs, then tell your government to at least stipulate how the bonus will be spent or not offer bonuses in the first place.

    Someone in the media should be asking why the government is proceeding down the slippery slope with tempting bonuses to FNs. That has set a very dangerous precedent where every FN will now expect a signing bonus to be spent by its bands as they see fit.

    BTW the BC government offered a $2 million signing bonus to the Gitxsan FN to sign on to a land-use LNG agreement worth $12 million. Isn’t a 16.66 percent signing bonus a little rich? Did the province stipulate how the bonus will be distributed and spent?

    Do you think transparency will prevail? This story is a good start where our government could explain why bonuses are necessary in the first place.

    I agree with Dale that is “Time for the Indian Industry to be brought into the real world, “Transparency” is the first small step . . .” But that must start with government, our provincial government.

    • “Those who pay attention are or should be aware that offering signing bonuses to FNs is the hallmark of the provincial government. Is our government spending our money wisely?”

      This money was intended for the Band Treasury, for the benefit of ALL band members . . . and the Chief put it in his pocket . . . is the Chief related to the folks at the Portland Hotel Society?

      In the real world . . . we call it “Theft” . . .

      • Plain and simple the government paid out our tax dollars to obtain a benefit.

        Are you an insider who can categorically state that the province made a payment for the benefit of all band members?Nonsense…..It was a business transaction-not a charitable gesture.

        If the government intended any benefit it should have stipulated that condition in the signed contract. If it did not stipulate how the funds were to be spent, then it is none of the government’s’ or your business. And if it was a concern and I agree completely, the government needs to take the necessary action to prevent this from happening again.

        In this case the government failed in its duty to exercise due diligence. This situation was so preventable because the government failed to exercise the precautionary principle.

        When I worked, my employer did not stipulate or even care how I spent my paycheck. That is probably what happened in this story.

        But when our government spends our tax dollars, it has a fudiciary duty to spend it wisely. I would think that Dale, of all persons, surely must subscribe to that view.

        It is getting tiresome …. all this whinning, complaints and insulting others who have a different perspective when not a single solution has been offered.

        BTW why should Chief Ron be fired when no Ferry or crown corporation executive was fired for authorizing or accepting excessive bonuses?

        What must one have to do to avoid being insulted by Dale? Sorry but I’m not into that.

          • Absolutely, I take as much as I dish out. And Dale does too. Dale hardly needs you to defend himself. We share one value-we keep coming back for more.

            OK-I’ll reword …..

            “What must one have to do to avoid being insulted by commonsense? Sorry but I’m not into that.”

            But don’t interpret that as a begrudging complement that applies to you.

            You are sooooo….touchy.

          • You rephrased when I called you out? Hmm… I guess you’re the sensitive one now, aren’t you? Why are you so defensive when someone calls you out? Why can’t you accept that and just move on?

        • “Are you an insider who can categorically state that the province made a payment for the benefit of all band members?Nonsense…..It was a business transaction-not a charitable gesture.”

          Governments Federal and Provincial have given tax dollars to Indian Bands for many decades. To assume that a sum of money given to a Chief is for his personal bank account is “Faulty Logic” . . . the Chief represents ALL band members and their interests. To take any monies not allocated him by the Band Council is “THEFT” . . .

          This “Transparency” Law is a step in the right direction . . . there are hundreds of Indian Bands all across the country that have been robbed for decades by unscrupulous chiefs. The Federal Govt alone spends about 10 Billion on the Indian Industry.
          Today’s Federal Govt is the first in Decades to address this issue.

  5. Just the tip of the iceberg. I would venture cases like these are the rule and not the exception. Shame on all aboriginals who plead poverty and want handouts ad nauseum from taxpayers, yet fail to see injustices by their own people.

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