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Some of the Higher Chief and Council Pay Numbers We've Seen...

December 11, 2014
Some of the Higher Chief and Council Pay Numbers We've Seen...

Since the federal government started posting the salaries of aboriginal chiefs and councillors earlier this year, we've been scanning through the docs and taking note of some of the higher pay amounts out there.

I've posted a couple pay comparison tables in the past that showed some of the high salaries we noticed along with pay for full-time politicians off reserve; mayors serving much larger communities. 

Now that the federal government has noted 91% of bands are compliant with the new disclosure law, below is our latest pay comparison table. But before I get to the table, here are a couple notes:

1) The table is posted as an image as it’s a real pain in the butt uploading tables to our web site. If you want to see the sources for the pay details for chiefs and councillors - click here.

2) As chief and council pay is tax-free, the off-reserve equivalent column is a rough calculation of what someone would have to earn off reserve in order to receive the same take home pay. Note that some cities still provide their council members with one third of their pay as tax-free income, so I've made adjustments there too. If you wish to convert any chief and council tax-free figures into equivalent taxable earnings, EY's online tax calculator is a tool that is quite handy - click here.

3) Please don't consider the figures below as "the norm" - plenty of aboriginal politicians don’t make anywhere near the amounts in the table. But, just as we see with discussions about compensation and benefits for off reserve politicians, it’s the outliers that receive more attention...

By Wombat
on February 03, 2015
We really need to get rid of apartheid in this country. First nations governance is a huge, silly joke.

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on February 07, 2015
OMG! when will this stop? enough of this....who needs Lotto Max? ...poor Canada and I mean us

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By Digger Dan
on February 10, 2015
Curious You all did not show how much they get as travel expenses to gather around the country. How many mayors get such a budget. PS Premier Wynne come clean on the Solid Gold scandal, then resign

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By Barny43
on February 28, 2015
What an outrage!!!! I, a Canadian citizen, object strongly to the amount of money that the Chief's get!!! They should get paid based on the number of people on their reserve..... Better yet, let them own the land, let them sell it and get rid of the reserve's, that just isolates them, and segregates them!!!! That holds them back. It was a terrible idea in the first place. Give them the same educational benefits, or maybe for 10 years, give them their further education for FREE, so that they, the ones that wish can Educate themselves are able to do so. Also, if you do not past a drug test...... NO welfare, they just passed that in Florida, and I think it should be a National policy . My husband is Treaty a First Nations person, off Reserve, and I being his wife, and am dark have also felt the effects of the discrimination so I have empathy for the conditions of the First nations, but that has been brought on by the segregation that they have been subjected to..... I agree that the housing is terrible, and that the Higher ups on the First Nations, do have the benefit of the money. When I see how much they get paid, I am aghast..... Let's fix this once and for all. Not to mention Travel Expenses!!!! First Nations, this system has never been to your benefit!!!! Get rid of Segregation... Also, the loss of so many native women, has more to do with the fact that they are native, NOT just a criminal activity, so there should be a Commission on this. Avoiding this is just avoiding the reality that we have First Nations people out there that are being killed because they are First Nations. We have a member of our family that was drug by a truck until dead, because she was Indian. LETS CHANGE THE SYSTEM!!!!! DO SOMETHING TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT FOR THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

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