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.
Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation video transcript
Background on community.
We’re a community of a hundred and ninety members. About a hundred of those members live on Reserve located in the eastern portion of the Fraser Valley.
What year was taxation implemented and what is the about of leases and revenues collected?
We’ve established taxation in 2003 and roughly eighty thousand dollars have been collected over the past several years anyway.
What does property tax mean to you and Shxw’ow’hamel?
Property tax to Shxw’ow’hamel means the ability to exercise our rights just like any government to provide better services to members.
How has property tax supported economic development in your community?
Property tax has allowed Shxw’ow’hamel to improve the quality of local service delivery to the members and also flexibility to fully or partially fund projects or other initiatives that are identified as priorities. Property taxation has allowed Shxw’ow’hamel to reduct the dependency on government program, government funding, government reporting and really allow us to move at the speed of business and undertake opportunities that we may have in other cases just sat and waited for government funding to come along.