Ottawa advised to share resource taxes with aboriginals

A study done for the federal government says that First Nations should receive a share of royalties generated by resources on their lands.

EDMONTON — A study done for the federal government says that First Nations should receive a share of royalties generated by resources on their lands.

The study suggests a First Nations resource tax could be a consistent and practical way for mineral and energy wealth to benefit aboriginal communities.

The Working Group on Natural Resource Development also says aboriginals should play a role in proposal designs instead of being called to comment on completed plans.

The group was led by the federal ministry of aboriginal affairs and the Assembly of First Nations.

The study has been delivered to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt.