One of the salaries that became public knowledge under the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act have attracted sheer criticism. A report showed that B.C. chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, Ron Giesbrecht, received a total of $915,000 tax-free salary. A Canadian Taxpayers Federation representative, Jordan Bateman, confirmed that it so far exceeds all other incomes filed under the act.
Meanwhile, Kwikwetlam nation issued a statement confirming that chief Giesbrecht was actually paid $4,800, but he received an additional $80,000 as the nation’s economic development officer and got a bonus of $800,000 based on profit from development projects. Earlier a report showed that financial statements have calculated revenue at $12.6 million for this year, i.e. an increase from $2.8 million the previous year.