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No First Nations Salaries Released

Saugeen First Nation, Chippewas of Nawash have not released financial statements.

by Manny Paiva

(Bruce County) - We have to wait a little longer for the salaries of the Chiefs and Band Councillors from Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash.


Bayshore Broadcasting News has learned both Band Councils failed to submit financial statements by last Tuesday's deadline.

The federal government imposed the deadline as part of a new financial transparency law.

It required First Nations to publish financial statements within 120 days of March 31st, 2014.

But staff at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada report they have not received the statements from the two Band Councils in Bruce County.

There was an uproar last week over the statement at Metro Vancouver's Kwikwetlem First Nation.

It shows economic development officer and Chief Ron Giesbrecht was paid more than $914,000 in tax free compensation and more than $16,000 in expenses

Census and other government data say the Kwikwetlem has a registered population of 37, with 33 people living on the reserve.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is expressing jubilation over the publication and says more and more information will be available over the coming weeks as the federal government scans and posts the documents.

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