Beardy's and Okemasis chief takes $48,000 pay cut

The chief and council of the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation have agreed to cut their wages.

Chief Rick Gamble sees wages cut in half

Chief and council at Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation are taking a voluntary pay cut. (CBC)

The Chief and council of the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation have agreed to cut their wages.

The First Nation, located 100 kilometres north of Saskatoon, has a third party co-manager in place while it pays down debt.

The pay cuts are substantial. Chief Rick Gamble reduced his salary from $96,000 down to $48,000. Councillors also took a pay cut of more than $7,000 a year.

"Our new team took decisive action yesterday to demonstrate its commitment to accountability in our community" Rick Gamble said in a media release.

The band's acting co-manager called the move a step in the right direction.

"The stresses of meeting many of our community's financial obligations — considering our financial position — can now be better met," said co-manager Brenda Seesequasis, in a media release. "Their actions are a step in the right direction."

The First Nation elected a new chief and council last week.