When 82 First Nations chiefs and band councillors make more than the prime minister, all while many of their people live in abject poverty, something is horribly amiss.
There seems to be no end to the largesse of Canadian taxpayers with native lobby groups receiving government funding that many consider to be very generous. The following amounts reflect the yearly allowances that some of these groups are given through the Government of Canada:
- Metis National Council;$1,140,900
- Congress of Aboriginal Peoples &$1,000,000
- Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Secretariat$2,592,298
- Native Women's Association of Canada &; $662,276
- Congress of Aboriginal Peoples $1,000,000
These are only six of over 40 associations that are currently being funded by Canadian tax dollars. The total cost to Canadians was a staggering $19 million in 2012. http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1347295394932/1347295482830
In Canada, as many as 82 First Nations chiefs and band councillors currently earn higher salaries than the Prime Minister who made $317,574 last year. In Alberta alone, 47 chiefs and councillors made over that amount and these are tax-free earnings!
A classic example of this situation exists within the Glooscap First Nation in Nova Scotia. With only 87 people actually living on the reserve in 2009, one Mi'kmaq politician managed to pull in almost $1 million in salary in 2010!