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Nisga'a Lisims First Nation starts paying taxes as transition period ends

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    ... From: Russ Diabo To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;@priv-edtnaa02.telusplanet.net Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2008 6:34 PM Subject: Nisga a Lisims First Nation starts
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      From: Russ Diabo
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      Nisga'a Lisims First Nation starts paying taxes as transition period ends
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      VANCOUVER - Eight years after the Nisga'a Lisims First Nation ratified its self-government and land deal, its members began paying the GST and PST Sunday.

      Brian Mitchell of the B.C. Treaty Commission says similar clauses will go into effect with the Tsawwassen and Maa-nulth First Nations once transitional periods in their treaties expire.

      The Nisga'a also soon could be paying taxes levied by their own government.

      The 2000 treaty granted the Nisga'a self-government, land and hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for 1,992 square kilometres of land in the lower Nass Valley.

      They also gave up their tax-exempt status and the transitional period on tax payments ended Saturday.

      So, in addition to paying provincial and federal sales taxes, nation members will also now pay more for things like gas and tobacco.

      The treaty also provides for the government to make laws for direct taxation of Nisga'a citizens on Nisga'a lands.

      And, two days before the taxation clauses kicked in, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong gave the Nisga'a $1 million to improve economic opportunities and create jobs in the Nass Valley in the next five years.

      "Treaties create opportunities for First Nations to develop their economies in new ways," said de Jong.

      "Since signing their final agreement, the Nisga'a have identified many exciting possibilities for development, from creating small, local businesses to selling to international markets.

      "This investment will help make those ideas become a reality," de Jong said in a statement.

      The Nisga'a Nation has identified tourism and resource management as two significant areas of opportunity for building their economy.

      The funding will be provided in instalments of $200,000 per year until 2012. The first payment was provided in mid-May.


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