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Province Signs More On-Reserve Liquor Tax Deals PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:23

Province Signs More On-Reserve Liquor Tax Deals

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 13:20

 

 

After a successful trial with the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, the provincial government has signed on-reserve liquor tax agreements with more First Nations.

 

The agreement lets proceeds from liquor fees stay on-reserve to help fund local priorities and replace provincial taxes which used to be collected for alcohol purchases.

 

The fees remain the same at 10 per cent.

 

The pilot project began two years ago on the Whitecap Dakota reserve, the host of the Dakota Dunes Casino, where about $15,000 in taxes is collected each month.

 

The latest to join are the Mosquito, Grizzly Bear's Head, Lean Man First Nation, the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and the White Bear First Nation -- all of which host on-reserve SIGA casinos.

 

The government says it is willing to sit down with other interested First Nations.

 
BTC Ordered To Provide Documents In Lodge Dispute PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:23

BTC Ordered To Provide Documents In Lodge Dispute

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 13:14

 

 

Two tribal councils in the Battlefords are continuing to fight in court over shares in the Gold Eagle Lodge.

 

Years ago, former Moosomin Chief Mike Kahpeaysewat signed some documents that said if the band left the Battlefords Tribal Council, it could lose its shares in the lodge.

 

A few years ago, the Moosomin band did leave the BTC to become part of the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.

 

The band, with help from the BATC, is now fighting the BTC over those shares.

 

It says the former chief didn't consult with the band or council before signing those papers, and therefore, Moosomin's portion of the shares should still belong to the band.

 

An appeal court has ordered the BTC to provide financial information regarding the lodge by March 31st.

 

BATC officials say that's good news, adding it means the BTC can't drag the matter out.

 

A BTC spokesperson says it's no big deal -- the tribal council has just been given a date to file financial papers.

 
Atleo Challenges Harper To Remember Apology PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:22

Atleo Challenges Harper To Remember Apology

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 13:10

 

 

A lack of funding for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation is a cause for worry, according to a national First Nations leader.

 

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo says a lot of good work was being done through the foundation, which is designed to help address the damage caused by residential schools.

 

This year's federal budget committed $199 million towards survivors and the compensation process open to them.

 

However, it's vague about exactly where the money will go -- and there's no mention of money for the AHF, which doesn't have funding committed to it past the end of the month.

 

Atleo says the government needs to live up to the spirit of the apology Prime Minister Stephen Harper made to former students two years ago.

 

He says it's clear most survivors won't truly be healed from their experience if the foundation is forced to abandon its work right now.

 
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