Revenue Sharing With First Nations Must Be A Priority

by mmnationtalk on March 20, 20131409 Views


For Immediate Release: March 20, 2013

Revenue Sharing With First Nations Must Be A Priority

(Regina, SK) The Chief and Executive of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations today urge the Saskatchewan Government to open discussions on a revenue sharing agreement with First Nations. This renewed call for revenue sharing comes on the heels of the announcement the province entered into a revenue sharing agreement with municipalities.

“I applaud SARM and SUMA for getting a percentage of the Provincial sales tax back to their communities. First Nations want and need a similar revenue stream. In addition to the lands and resource wealth, First Nations people pay the provincial sales tax too. The government has to explain why they refuse to include First Nations,” says FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde. “This appears to be a double standard that is unacceptable to the people who willingly shared the land when they entered into Treaties with the Crown.”

For this government to continue to marginalize and exclude First Nations from such a vital issue as revenue sharing is inconsistent with the Constitution and international human rights law. It is also a detriment to the provincial economy. Full First Nation participation is vital for the province to achieve its true economic potential.

The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.

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