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Six Nations Elected Council Salaries/Honoraria
As you may know, under the terms of the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act, every First Nations community within Canada is required to make their audited consolidated financial statements available to their community members and to the public on a website. In compliance with the Act, some controversy has sprung up around the salaries and honoraria received by the Chiefs and Councillors of other First Nations communities.

Six Nations Elected Council has always been transparent and open about the annual salaries of Chief and Council. Chief G. Ava Hillís Annual Honorarium is $71,500 per year ($2,750.00 bi-weekly) and she represents the most populated First Nations community in Canada. With a total population of 25,660 citizens - 12,271 actually living on the Six Nations Territory - the Chief works extremely hard to ensure the well-being of our people. The Chief is dedicated to protecting and advancing Haudenosaunee languages, culture, land rights, and the environment, while striving to achieve economic prosperity to improve the quality of life for all citizens.

The Councillors of the Six Nations Elected Council are also guided by the same mission, working passionately to see it carried through. Councillors receive an annual honorarium of $36,000 per year. Due to the timing of payments in the 2013/2014 fiscal year, Councillors were shown to have received $38,000. This does not mean that the Councillors received a raise. During the 2012/2013 fiscal year, Councillors only received $34,000 because of a missed payment due to the timing of the pay weeks. The extra $2,000 the Councillors received this year made up for the missed pay week from the previous year, and in no way signifies that they will be receiving $38,000 in upcoming years.

The salary information for the Chief and Councillors has always been publicly available on our website,, long before the First Nations Financial Transparency Act existed. You can find the Six Nations audited financial statements in the SNEC Finances section on our website.

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