Only one status card

In October, the Alberta Indian Tax Exemption (AITE) card is no more. Going forward, the federal Certificate of Indian Status card will be used for tax exemptions to fuel, tobacco, and accommodations bought on reserve.
In August, Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson met with Bigstone Cree Nation council and members to posed for a photo to commemorate this decision.
Bigstone chief Silas Yellowknee stands second to the left. Councillor Ken Alook and Minister Wilson ‘cut’ an AITE card in the middle of the group. The other people pictured are Bigstone members.
In the news release, councillor Alook says “We are grateful to Minister Wilson and the Alberta government for eliminating the AITE card. We felt the old card was discriminatory and we are thankful to have an ally in the province. This upholds our treaty rights, and we appreciate this step forward.”

Photo courtesy of the Alberta government.

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