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A First Nation chief in British Columbia was paid close to $1-million last year, according to salary disclosures that are being released for the first time this week.
Chief Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation is listed as receiving $914,219 in remuneration last year, plus an additional $16,574 in expense reimbursement. Individuals with Indian status who work on a reserve are not required to pay income tax.
It is not clear if the compensation is purely salary or whether the chief received contracts from the First Nation. If the money is in salary and was tax free, it would be the equivalent of a $1.6-million taxable salary for someone working off reserve.
Band Administrator Dale Lessoway told the Globe in an email that the First Nation is preparing a statement on the issue that will be distributed when…
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