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The chief of a tiny B.C. First Nation with only 39 members was paid more than $200,000


The Gwawaenuk paid its chief more than $200,000 in the 2014-15 fiscal year, the second exorbitant compensation to be revealed in the past week for a chief of a tiny B.C. First Nation.

A review by The Vancouver Sun of financial disclosures — which must be filed to the federal government by 184 First Nations in B.C. — shows Charlie Williams was the second-highest paid chief in the province. More than 15 other chiefs and councillors had pay in the $100,000-range.

The Gwawaenuk First Nation, which has only 39 members according to the federal government, paid chief Charlie Williams total remuneration of $211,090 in the latest fiscal year, which ended on March 31. Williams had expenses of $1,820.


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