The FNTC travelled to Calgary to participate as presenters and exhibitors in the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) 17th Annual National Conference. The conference is Canada’s premier event for Indigenous finance, management and leadership professionals that focuses on building capacity and creating wealth within First Nation communities. The theme of this year’s conference was “Aboriginal Economy: Building a Stronger Future.”
FNTC’s tradeshow exhibit was well attended, with over 200 AFOA delegates visiting the FNTC, Tulo Centre and First Nation Gazette (FNG) booths to learn more about products and services offered by the Commission and FNG.
The FNTC exhibit showcased a double-sided billboard with jurisdictional timelines on each side. One side featured the timeline of First Nation tax jurisdiction and the other side featured a timeline of First Nation land ownership. Visitors to the booth were able to learn about the rich history of First Nation title, lands and jurisdiction in Canada.
Visitors to the FNG booth were able to see live demonstrations of the FNG website (www.fng.ca) by searching for their First Nation and were able to sign up for an FNG account if they didn’t have one already.
On the final day of the conference, FNTC delivered a panel presentation on what finance managers should know about property taxes, co-presenting with Dalyn Bear, councillor for the Whitecap Dakota First Nation (WDFN) and a Tulo graduate.
The FNTC presentation reviewed the background of property taxation, the importance of taxation as a governance function, how the FMA works, how FNTC supports the process and then focused in specifically on how the local revenue account is managed.
WDFN councillor Dalyn spoke to how property taxation has supported the economic growth and governance of the First Nation and how property taxation has benefited the community and the people that live there.