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10th Apr 2017 | by: FNTC

CBI Negotiations training for Atlantic First Nations

Success in negotiations is critical to the implementation of property taxation and multiple aspects of First Nations jurisdiction. Working with the Harvard-MIT Consensus Building Institute (CBI), FNTC facilitated a two-day workshop held in Moncton, NB from February 21 – 22, 2017 to provide participants with the tools and skills needed in their ongoing discussions and negotiations with government and industry.

Using their “mutual gains approach”, CBI delivered group-specific training using real world scenarios that led to actively engaged participation from attendees. Participants wrapped up the workshop with a better understanding of the interest-based approach to negotiations and a readiness to put their new skills to the test for their respective communities in their interactions and discussions.


Saskatchewan Aboriginal Land Technicians Additions to Reserve (ATR) workshop includes tax jurisdiction

In January, the FNTC presented at the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Land Technicians Association’s Additions to Reserve (ATR) Workshop. Established in 2010, the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Land Technicians Association is a professional association of First Nation land managers in Saskatchewan. The workshop brought together a wide array of organizations involved with ATRs to discuss best practices and emerging policy issues in the context of additions to reserve and First Nation land management.

The FNTC’s presentation highlighted how property tax jurisdiction effectively addresses how First Nations can ensure land is properly serviced. Other topics discussed included First Nation property taxation and municipal services agreements, tax immunity of Provincial Crown corporations, and taxation of agricultural interests.


Restoring First Nation tax jurisdiction through the FMA

Many First Nations in Ontario have cottage communities on First Nation lands and are losing out on benefits provided under the FMA. FNTC worked with the Tulo Centre and the Consensus Building Institute to develop and deliver a workshop for Ontario First Nations to learn about the benefits of switching from service fees to taxation for their cottage leases.

Attendees appreciated the historical overview of taxation and commented they didn’t fully understand taxation prior to the workshop. Participants also commended the structure of the workshop and the activities as it provided rich engagement that led to a deeper understanding of taxation and the benefits it provides to First Nation communities, and challenged them to flip their thinking to focus on First Nation jurisdiction.

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