The chief of the B.C. First Nation who earned nearly a million dollars last fiscal year says his band stands behind him.
Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation has remained mostly silent after news broke that he took in $914,000 in compensation, which includes an $800,000 for securing a deal with the provincial government.
That’s as he was Chief and Economic Development Officer for the 82-member band. That position will no longer get that bonus.
His office has refused to make him available to CKNW, but have sent a statement and a link to a YouTube video.
In the statement, Giesbrecht says he’s tried to speak to everyone, and four members had asked him to resign.
But he says most support him staying on, and he didn’t expect for the band to be so successful in its financial goals.
He adds the band will set up a separate company to handle economic development, going forward.