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Giesbrecht returns as chief of Kwikwetlem First Nation

The First Nation, whose territory includes Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, voted Ron Giesbrecht as chief last Friday (March 31).

A former chief with Kwikwetlem First Nation is back in the top seat.

Last Friday (March 31), the 133 members of the Nation in Canada and the U.S. returned Ron Giesbrecht as their leader.

This is Giesbrecht’s third term, having first been elected as chief in 2012.

Giesbrecht gained national attention in 2013 when he received $914,000 as chief and as economic development officer, the latter role in which he took in a $800,000 bonus as part of a 10 per cent cut from an $8-million land deal on Burke Mountain.

For the 2023 vote, Giesbrecht challenged Ed Hall, who has held the position since 2019, as well as John Peters and Ron Jackman.

With Peters now off council, his seat is to be filled by Coun. Stephanie Patterson while George Chaffee was re-elected councillor.

Patterson and Chaffee were contested by Lyle Cunningham and Fred Hulbert, Sr. for the two council positions.