Taxation—the next logical step in self-governance for First Nations

Increasingly, First Nation communities are realizing the value of self-taxation to good governance.This means the stigma many indigenous communities have over taxation is changing. For example, Whitecap Dakota Nation, a First Nation in Saskatchewan, signed an agreement-in-principle in April that will allow them to pursue even greater self-governance. Besides increased powers over their affairs, the agreement also recognizes the importance of taxation. The community already levies a real property tax and a goods and services tax.The stigma around taxation derives from the tax exemption that First Nations on reserve enjoy. To many indigenous people, not paying taxes is just part

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