The FNTC undertook a video project profiling First Nations to celebrate their successes in using property taxation to build their economies and generate revenues. The intent was to revisit the past 25 years of First Nation property taxation in Canada and allow First Nations themselves to share how property taxation has impacted their community and what it means to them.
Penticton Indian Band video transcript
Background on community.
Penticton Indian Band is one of seven communities of the Okanagan Nation. We consist of three reserves totalling over 46,000 acres, we are the largest reserve in British Columbia. Our population is 1,071 band members with more than half of them living on reserve.
What year was taxation implemented and what is the amount of leases and revenues collected?
So in 2007, Penticton Indian Band enacted the property taxation bylaw, assessment bylaw and expenditure bylaw. In 2015, we transferred from section 83 of the Indian Act to FMA, First Nations Fiscal Management Act, and we created our current laws, property taxation law and assessment law and that opened the doors for Penticton Indian Band to enact the FAL, Financial Administration Law.
What does property tax mean to you?
Property taxation to me means that we hold jurisdiction over the Penticton Indian Band land and we have the authority to enforce our property and assessment laws, and that’s something that Penticton Indian Band can be proud of.
How has property tax supported economic development in your community?
Though I wasn’t part of the property taxation for the first two years, I do believe that it was the best decision Penticton Indian Band could make, and property taxation will only evolve and go forward from here and it will always benefit the Penticton Indian Band community.