Kwikwetlem First Nation is asking for time and space to go through what it calls a process addressing a controversy swirling around Chief Ron Giesbrecht.
In a statement on its website Kwikwetlem First Nation says its Chief is accountable to his 81 band members.
The band says he is talking to each member about the news he made 914-thousand dollars last year.
In a separate update to band members it says once Chief Giesbrecht has talked to each member “next steps” will be announced Thursday August the seventh.
Kwikwetlem First Nation also adds the Chief is leaving for what it called unavoidable medical treatment next week.
Giesbrecht earned an 800-thousand bonus as the band’s Economic Development Officer for securing over eight million dollars from the provincial government.
Expect more updates to this story as band members call a sudden news conference to address the controversy.
The updates posted on the Kwikwetlem First Nation are available in full below.
Update to media
August 1, 2014: Update from Kwikwetlem First Nation on Chief Ron Giesbrecht
There has been much interest in our community and in Chief Ron Giesbrecht in recent days.
Our Chief is accountable to members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, and is taking time to talk to them now and over the coming days. He is also undergoing unavoidable medical treatment early next week.
Further statements will be made available on Thursday August 7. In the meantime we ask that we are given the time, space and respect to go through this process.
As Chief, Ron Giesbrecht is paid $4,800 per year. He also acts as economic development officer, for which he earns $80,000 per year. All bonuses were removed from his contract on April 1, 2014. In 2013, Chief Giesbrecht earned a $800,000 bonus, an agreed 10% bonus for economic development contracts for the Kwikwetlem First Nation.
Update to Band members.
Kwikwetlem First Nation and Chief Ron Giesbrecht have been in the news over the past 24 hours about bonus payments for his role as economic development officer in 2013.
Chief Ron has made it clear that he is accountable to members and that you are the priority. He has been spending all if his time with members to make sure he can answer questions and address any concerns you have.
He has already spoken to many of you, and has committed to speaking to everyone possible in person or by phone before he leaves for medical treatment early next week.
He will keep members up to date.
Once he has spoken to as many people as possible, any next steps will be announced next Thursday (August 7, 2014).