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Some First Nations yet to file statements

The federal government says First Nations bands have until the end of November to comply

Campbell River Courier-Islander

Some local First Nations are at risk of losing funding if they do not comply with the new transparency rules of the federal government.


The First Nations Financial Transparency Act came into effect earlier this year and requires that all bands post online their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year, including the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors.

Eleven days after a new legal deadline, nearly two-thirds of Canada's 600 First Nations have not yet provided Ottawa detailed financial information, including how much chiefs and councillors are paid.

The audited consolidated financial statement and the Schedule of Remuneration and

Expenses for each First Nations are published on line.

All bands in Campbell River and the North Island have submitted their financial information as of Aug. 11 except Cape Mudge, Tlowitsis Tribe, Ehattesaht and Nuchatlaht in Zeballos and Mowachaht/Muchalaht in Gold River.

The federal government says First Nations bands have until the end of November to comply with new transparency rules or risk losing government funding.

The first revelation came when Chief Ron Giesbrecht, who leads a Kwikwetlem First Nation, a community of some 82 people in Port Coquitlam, was paid $914,219 last year. His salary as chief was $4,800 and $80,000 for economic development officer. He also received a bonus of $800,000.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes about $327,000.

Campbell River Indian Band Chief Robert Pollard made $60,005 and claimed expenses of $6,475. The six councillors made between $55,928 and $5,775.

Gwa Sala nation in Port Hardy Chief Paddy Walkus made $22,400 while councillors received, in some cases, more than the chief - between $67,960 and $12,400 with a total expense for salaries of $255,031 and expenses of $34,325.

Gwawaenuk Tribe in Port McNeill Chief Charlie Williams makes $33,225.

Homalco First Nation Chief Richard Harry was paid $84,000 and claimed $23,231 in expenses, with three councillors earning between $65,000 and $24,000.

Klahoose First Nation Chief James Delorme on Cortes Island was paid $55,546 with $16,445 in expenses claimed and councillors, Kathy Francis was at $65,661, Mavis Kok $47,355 and Kevin Peacey $61,408.

Kwakiutl Chief Rupert Wilson Senior worked for eight months and received a salary of $9,808 and claimed $23,211 in expenses. The other seven councillors total salaries came to $51,044 and expenses claimed was at $61,087.

Kwiakah First Nation in Campbell River paid Chief Steven Dick $32,400 with $467 in expenses, with councillor Andrean Dick earning $16,800.

Mamalilikulla-Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Em First Nation in Campbell River Chief Harold Sewid's salary is $81,750 with councillors earning between $950 and $2,550 for the year.

Tlatlasikwala First Nation in Port Hardy paid Chief Tom Wallace $50,000 with $15,835 in expenses, Councillor Anne Wallace made $60,000 with $6,610 in expenses and councillor Tiffany Charlie made $970.

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