Million dollar Chief to address band members

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

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).

Comments

    • Great comment @bert: If our Liberal government offers and pays signing bonuses to FNs, they should be able to spend the money any way they want. If their chiefs take the money and spend it on themselves, they can be held accountable by their members.

      Why is our provincial government making deals with FNs that includes a signing bonusin the first place? It is a fact that a signing bonus is, by its very nature, an inducement to sign the bottom of a contract.

      The provincial government has also offered the Gitxsan FN a $2 million signing bonus as an inducement to sign a $12 million land-use contract.

      Shouldn’t the private corporations which will enjoy use of that land be paying the affected FNs-rather than the government and the taxpayer?

      This story has raised all kinds of questions which warrant answers.

      • Another spin by you.

        Bert’s comment is completely ignorant as the way money was spent was decided by the chief. The FN band giving up land or resources isn’t a benefit for the chief, but the money given for this should be to offset any potential losses in revenue. These band chiefs pocketing money from band resources that are sold off or traded.

        As for the the comment…”Shouldn’t the private corporations which will enjoy use of that land be paying the affected FNs-rather than the government and the taxpayer?” If the government acquires the land and leases to the private sector, the government must negotiate with the band. If the private company wants to purchase the land, then they will negotiate. In most resource decisions, the government wants to own the land.

  1. Apparently Chief Ron Giesbrecht earned his bonus in a single transaction involving land development with the provincial government.

    Did Chief Ron decide to pay himself a bonus of $800,000 or were the terms of the bonus, including amount, negotiated into the contract presumably entered into by Chief Ron and the Province of BC?

    If he was the sole person who decided to pay himself a $800,000 bonus, he must be held accountable by his band members and suffer the appropriate sanctions.

    If he received a $800,000 bonus which was negotiated into the land development contract entered into with the Province of BC, he still must be held accountable by his band members and suffer the appropriate sanctions.

    In addition, if the Province of BC or its agent (if there as one) had entered) Into a contract specifying a $800,000 bonus, then someone in the provincial government must explain to the BC taxpayer why such an outrageous bonus was agreed upon.

    For the above reasons, it may be wise to withhold sole blame and judgment until all the facts are revealed.

    • Ah you’re trying to spin a story in your favour again. No chief should be paid that amount. No matter the size. He should resign, accept blame and put that money where it belongs. He chose to accept the money. It doesn’t matter if it was a bribe, he chose to accept it.

      • Frankly after the money is paid by the provincial government to CHief Ron’s band, it is none of your business. Read my comments on the next story. Full Stop.

        Typical selective outrage on your part. Self-directed bonuses by Ferry Corporation, Hydro , ICBC and universities are acceptable to you. And those bonuses were not a bribe. No need for that.

        It is my right to express my opinion. And when I express an opinion, I offer supporting perspectives.

        And you are the”Thought Police?” If you are a member of Chief Ron’s (Ron-26?), you have every right to be concerned. Otherwise, complain to the provincial government for offering bribes-er bonuses.

        • “Did Chief Ron decide to pay himself a bonus of $800,000 or were the terms of the bonus, including amount, negotiated into the contract presumably entered into by Chief Ron and the Province of BC?”

          That’s you spinning. You will blame the BC Liberals gladly to let those who truly responsible get away with it. That’s spinning and passing the blame.

    • HAy Bert: I think you’ve identified the wrong medium. Commonsense has his head buried where the sun does not shine.

      Can you believe how racist this person is? He needs to be called out.

      • I’m racist now? So now you’re making sh*t up? Insite, time to let the helium out of your house and move on with life. You’re not always right, you believe in passing the blame to the government, you become offended when you’re challenged and have lost credibility with your hypocrisy. Quit being a child, graduate from your high school comments and learn to live with the fact that you’re not always right.

    • So you’re just going to keep spewing comments with no credibility to them? Going to blame the BC Liberal government for everything? Take responsibility, Robert. You live in a predominantly federal conservative, BC liberal riding. If you are against such parties, put your money with your mouth is and run in the next election.

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