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.
Skeetchestn Indian Band video transcript
Background on community.
My name is Ron Ignace. I’m Chief of Skeetchestn Indian band which is a member of the Shuswap Nation one of the communities of the Shuswap nation. We have approximately 21,000 acres of reserve land but in the recent years we’ve added on to it. We’ve bought two ranches: one ranch at the northern tip of the reserve for 500 acres and another ranch up the road about north of the reserve about a 45 minute drive about six hundred acres.
What does property tax mean to you?
Property tax has been really important to Skeetchestn. We have a pipeline that goes through the whole length of the reserve, and with the amendment to the Indian Act and ability we passed the taxation bylaw and we’re able to collect the tax revenue from that pipeline and well there’s Spectra, Pembena, multiple pipelines on the right of way through the reserve. Collectively we collect annually, close to half a million dollars year of tax revenue So it adds up and it has created a foundation for us and it’s been significant for us because it gives us the ability to invest in our community and to be able to do things that we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do.