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On July 29, the federal government's First Nations Financial Transparency Act came into effect.
It requires all First Nations across Canada to disclose their annual financial reports.
We've combed through the documents to give you a clearer picture of how much money chiefs and councillors are making. You can search the table by band, chief, earnings, province and more.
Our conclusion? Most are very reasonable: the median chief salary is $64,716. But there are outliers, including Kwikwetlem chief Ron Giesbricht, who made $914,219 and sits at the top of the list.
The numbers below are based on all reports posted to the government site by Aug. 3. As of Aug. 12, 250 of roughly 600 financial reports had been added. We'll continue to update as documents are posted.
* Remuneration includes all forms of income.
Data is current as of postings on the ministry website on Aug. 3, 2014.
For bands where two chiefs served over the 12-month period (April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014), the two salaries were combined.
The name of the chief listed here is based on whomever served a longer term in the fiscal year.
Decimal points for number of councillors are a result of some serving (and being paid) for a few months, while others a full year.