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.
Saddle Lake Cree Nation video transcript
Background on community.
Saddle Lake Cree Nation is located in North East Alberta, about 160km North East of the city of Edmonton. We have a population of 10,500 band members.
What year was taxation implemented and what is the amount of leases and revenues collected?
Taxation was introduced to the Saddle Lake Cree Nation back in June 2015 when the first BCR was signed off by the Chief and Council. It was approved mid December by the minister of Indian Northern Affairs Canada. Between $500,000 and 600,000 dollars of revenue will be collected each year. This is our first year in taxation.
What does property tax mean to you?
For me, the property tax system being introduced to Saddle Lake means that it will assist us in terms of moving forward into the future with new opportunities and the means to introduce new infrastructures such as introducing water distribution lines as well as looking at other new public infrastructures that will benefit not only our seniors and our membership but our young people with recreation and park land opportunities.