B.C. chief's pay and expenses nears $1 million: online documents

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VANCOUVER - Newly posted documents show a dramatic disparity in the salaries and travel expenses paid to Canada's First Nations chiefs, ranging from a few thousand dollars to almost $1 million.

Following the passage of a financial-transparency law by the federal government in 2013, First Nations are required to publish audited financial statements of salaries and expenses online.

A document published by Metro Vancouver's Kwikwetlem (kwee-kwet-lum) First Nation shows economic development officer and Chief Ron Giesbrecht was paid $914,219 in compensation and $16,574 in expenses for the financial year ending March 31, 2014.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada reports the Kwikwetlem band has a registered population of 37 and 33 people living on the reserve.

A person answering the phone at band's office promised a statement, then later said there would be no comment at this time.

The Taku River Tlingit First Nation in the northwestern, B.C., community of Atlin also published a document showing a salary of $72,800 to band spokesman John Ward and travel expenses $6,400.

Under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, the documents must be published online within 120 days of the end of the financial year in March, but some links on a federal government website say the documents have not yet been posted.

Organizations: First Nations, Metro Vancouver

Geographic location: VANCOUVER, Canada, Taku River Atlin

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