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Two members of Kwikwetlem First Nation sue chief over bonus – The Globe and Mail

Oct. 07 2014

Two members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation are seeking to recover an $800,000 bonus the small band paid to its chief this year for closing a “secret” land deal with the B.C. government.

The sweeping claim also seeks damages from the province – which it accuses of “unjust enrichment” for paying the band $8-million for property allegedly worth an estimated $40-million – and it calls for compensation of $19-million for land alienated by the urban sprawl of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.

The documents, filed in Federal Court in Vancouver, propose a class action case by the band against the federal and provincial governments, Chief Ron Giesbrecht and the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

But so far only two of the band’s 82 members, Ron Jackman and Kristina Joe, are named as plaintiffs.

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