Liidlii Kue First Nation steps up to save Tsetso home

The Liidlii Kue First Nation has proposed a solution that will settle a tax bill that went unpaid for 25 years, and almost cost Dolly and Ernest Tsetso their family home in Fort Simpson, N.W.T.
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The LiidliiKue First Nation in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. held an emergency band meeting last night to discuss a solution to a $50,000 property tax debt that almost cost Dolly and Ernest Tsetso their home.

The Tsetsos have documents that they believed confirmed their home was transferred to band land in 1989, which would mean they didn’t have to pay taxes to the Village of Fort Simpson.

Dolly and Ernest Tsetso turned to the CBC when they learned the paperwork handing their lot over to the Liidlii Kue First Nation in 1989 didn't get filed. (CBC)
It turned out the paperwork was never filed, and the bill was piling up over the last 25 years. 

Dolly Tsetso says she was called to an emergency band meeting around 7 p.m. last night.

After a discussion about possible options, Liidlii Kue Chief Minnie Letcher and council members passed a resolution to offer two empty band plots to the village.

In exchange, it wants the village to forgive Tseto's property tax debt.

The band is set to present the offer to the village sometime in the next day or two.

It will be up to Fort Simpson Mayor Sean Whelly and the village council to decide whether or not to accept the offer.

If it doesn't, the Tsetso's home will go up for auction on Friday.

The federal government says it would be able to switch Tsetso's plot to band land, but only once the arrears are paid.