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.
Xaxlip First Nation video transcript
Background on community
Xaxlip is located about fifteen kilometres out of Lillooet, Lillooet is two hours out of Kamloops.
How would property tax support economic development in your community?
Implementing property taxes for our community would really help with the infrastructures that are on the reserve. For example: better water systems because right now in one of our Reserves there is no water, so hopefully with the money from the property taxes from the utilities we can actually get water to those community members. Taking this class really helped open my eyes, I was like my community members, I was really against it because I thought it affected me. But going through this class really opened my eyes on how much potential is out there and what the government is taking away from my First Nation. So I’m really hoping it goes forward through our First Nation so we can start generating those tax revenues to help our community members.