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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.

Shackan Indian Band video transcript

Background on community.
Shackan’s a fairly small community, we have about 140 members. About 65 live on Reserve. The Reserve is located 40km west of Merritt.

What year was taxation implemented and what is the amount of leases and revenues collected?
Their taxation laws were implemented in 2012 and currently only have utilities and we only have a couple, the annual revenue is about 6-7 thousand dollars a year right now.

How does property tax support economic growth in your community?
We’re just in the process of doing an economic development strategic plan, so while we don’t have a lot of development currently, we’re really putting down the building blocks to be able to build and have those things in place and the taxation is a piece that’s going to be really important and it is putting the foundation to allow us to grow and take advantage of all of those opportunities in every way we possibly can. Going through the course with Tulo, there’s so many other things that are involved with the taxation that are a big part of planning for the economic development, and laying down the foundations to be able to build and be open for business. So while initially I started the program just to figure out what I was doing with taxes, there’s been far more benefits through doing the program that we’ll be able to carry forward and build on.

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