Todd Labrador and Andrew Francis, councillors with the 1,000-member Acadia First Nation, said on Thursday that Chief Deborah Robinson's total compensation package as of Nov. 1 will be $130,000 annually for salary and $20,000 for travel costs.
According to a March 31, 2010 audited financial statement provided to The Canadian Press by a band member, Robinson made a salary of about $258,000 and also received travel expenses of $72,000 and other "remuneration and reimbursements" of about $138,000.
Labrador and Francis confirmed that made Robinson's total compensation and expense package worth about $468,000 as of that date, and they said they were the most recent figures they were aware of prior to the cuts.
Labrador and Francis say eight councillors held a closed-door meeting about two weeks ago to reduce the chief's salary and to limit councillor total salaries to $80,000 each because they had been hearing complaints from members of band, which includes five communities.
Labrador says a barricade of the gas station on the Gold River reserve, one of the Acadia communities, by residents disgruntled over layoffs of employees and council's salary levels, also played a role in his decision.
He said a majority of the eight councillors voted in favour of the salary change, but Robinson does not cast a ballot unless it's a tie vote.