Nekaneet collects GST.
In October, the Nekaneet First Nation became the second Saskatchewan band to collect GST. "It's more income for the band ... and it will allow us to reinvest in our economic development opportunities," said Chief Jordi Fourhorns. The bulk of that tax revenue will come from the Living Sky Casino, which Nekaneet operates in Swift Current, and urban property in Regina that the band owns. GST will be charged and while both First Nations and non-first Nations will have to ante up the additional five per cent, Fourhorns said the majority of the people dishing out the extra dollars will not be Nekaneet band members. Chief and council took the proposal of collecting GST to the membership through community meetings and received full support. Fourhorns expects the additional revenue to be reinvested in economic development.
Compiled by Shari Narine