Federal government figures compiled by La Presse show that the elected officials on the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake on the South Shore are better paid than some of their political counterparts in Montreal.
Kahnawake's population is around ten-thousand.
Grand Chief Michael Delisle earns just over $100,000 a year. Council chiefs earn upwards of $72,000.
By contrast, nearly half of the elected officials in Montreal with much larger constituencies earn less.
However, some observers are warning against a direct comparison, arguing that the responsibilities of a First Nations chief are often more complex and demanding than those of municipal councillors and mayors.