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Tk’emlups te Secwepemc

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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.

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc video transcript

Background on community.
Tk’emlups to Secwepemc, we’re in the southern interior British Columbia and we have over 33 thousand acres of land.

What is the amount of leases and revenues collected?
The amount of revenue that we have right now in leasing is $2,800,000 in band revenue. The amount of tax revenue that we have including our DCCs is just over $7,000,000 right now.

How does property tax support economic development in your community?
We’ve been able to build our infrastructure through our water treatment plant, our sewer, build our economy, build our economic development, and as well providing infrastructure so that we can build future economic development in whatever we’re going to build for our future community, economic development and whatever that might be. The first year we collected $600,000 and like I said we’re at 7.3 million dollars collecting taxes. We’ve come a long ways in collecting taxes.

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