A day after controversy erupted over the chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation earning nearly $1 million, members of the band refuse to talk about it.
CKNW reporter Neetu Garcha set out to ask anyone of the 81-member band what they thought about Ron Giesbrecht’s compensation as chief and economic development officer.
“I was driving down Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam when I saw a sign leading to the Kwikwetlem First Nation reserve. It was a fairly sharp corner and I was surprised when I turned it to see a man standing there yelling and clearly waving for me to turn around and go the other way.
“I then proceeded to do so when he approached my car, I rolled down my window and said I was just wanting to see if there was someone who wanted to speak with me, and before I could get that full sentence out, he came right up to my news cruiser and yelled again for me to get off the land.”
Documents posted online as part of Ottawa’s new transparency laws on First Nations compensation show that Giesbrecht earned $914,000 last fiscal year, including an $800,000 bonus from a land deal with the provincial government.