Most Saskatchewan residents don’t think Aboriginal people pay enough taxes.

Those findings come in the latest public opinion survey released by the University of Saskatchewan.

The “Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan” series involved random phone interviews with more than 1,700 people.

Professor Rob Innes says 63% of respondents felt Aboriginal people should pay more taxes.

He attributes the results to a lack of knowledge.

“There are tax exemptions for First Nations people who work and live on-reserve, but the reality is that the majority of First Nations people live off-reserve and work off-reserve and pay full tax.”

About 70% of respondents felt government funding for Native education and housing was important.

Seventy-four per cent felt Aboriginals would make an important contribution to the provincial economy in the future.

Fifty-seven per cent felt they are making an important contribution now.