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Podcast: Indigenous Experience and Pandemics (Part 1)

This first podcast episode introduces the history of pandemics and their impact on First Nation lives, communities, jurisdictions, and trajectories. First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) Chief Commissioner C.T. Manny Jules discusses this history and his vision for change. Chief Commissioner Jules has dedicated over 40 years of his life to public service in support of First Nations. He is a member of Tkemlups te Secwepemc and served as Chief for over 16 years. He was the driving force behind the FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:17:40-07:00June 24th, 2020|

First Nations Gazette Launches Redesigned Website

Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc, British Columbia – June 21, 2020 – The First Nations Gazette is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website. Today marks the twenty-third anniversary of the First Nations Gazette (FNG). First Nation governments have been pushing forward and gaining access to more jurisdictions and powers. As their jurisdictions and powers grow, so do their responsibilities, including transparency for their members and providing taxpayers with access to the laws and by-laws that affect them. The FNG FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:18:53-07:00June 21st, 2020|

Summary of FNTC COVID-19 Related Measures

In response to the needs of First Nations and taxpayers alike during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the FNTC has been working hard to ensure all First Nations have the flexibility needed to administer their tax systems while rapidly responding to the ongoing pandemic. Effective May 21, 2020, the Commission approved the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response Standards, 2020. These Standards amend several Commission Standards in response to the pandemic. FMA First Nations Facilitating Council Meetings Held by Videoconference or Teleconference The Commission FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:19:23-07:00May 21st, 2020|

Ten First Nation Organizations and Institutions Sign Protocol on Cooperation and Communication

November 7, 2019 (Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia) Today, ten First Nation organizations and institutions gathered in Vancouver to sign a Protocol on Cooperation and Communication. The signatories commit to coordinating their efforts to support capacity development in governance and governance administration in First Nation communities in British Columbia. The protocol voices the pressing need to assist all First Nations in BC in moving beyond the existing fiscal relationship with the Crown and the delivery of delegated programs services. FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:19:47-07:00November 7th, 2019|

An Introduction to FMA Service Tax Laws

Watch as FNTC Legal Counsel Marie Potvin introduces the FMA service tax law. This brief but informative webinar outlines: Service Tax Laws & the FMA The FMA includes a specific First Nation law-making power for the “taxation for the provision of services in respect of reserve lands.” Using this power, first Nations can levy a service tax to pay the costs of providing service – related infrastructure to reserve lands. The First Nation borrows the funds required to build the FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:20:21-07:00September 27th, 2019|

Annual Laws under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act

In this webinar, FNTC Legal Counsel Marie Potvin discusses and breaks down annual laws under the FMA. This webinar highlights: Annual Laws and the FMA Every First Nation that is taxing under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) will enact two laws each year: the annual tax rates law and the annual expenditure law. Annual Tax Rates Law The annual tax rates law must be made in compliance with the FMA and the standards for First Nation Annual Tax FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:21:42-07:00September 27th, 2019|

The Canadian Property Tax Association

The Canadian Property Tax Association (CPTA) is happy to provide the readers of Clearing the Path insight into the Canadian Property Tax Association (CPTA). Our organization has worked with the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) for over 10 years, providing commentary and support on FNTC legislative reform and implementation of property tax initiatives. Prior to formation of the FNTC, the CPTA worked closely with the former Indian Taxation Advisory Board. The CPTA was founded in 1967 and brings together a FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:22:04-07:00September 25th, 2019|

The FNTC welcomes Commissioner Georjann Morriseau

The First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) welcomes Georjann Morriseau as a Commissioner. In June 2019, Georjann Morriseau was appointed for a term of five years. Commissioner Morriseau is from Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is a former Chief and Councillor of the Fort William First Nation. She is currently the Director of Indigenous Affairs and Government Relations for Resolute Forest Products for Ontario and Quebec.  “I wish to congratulate Ms. Morriseau on her appointment to the Commission,” said FNTC Chief Commissioner FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:47:46-07:00September 20th, 2019|

FNTC and Southern Chiefs Organization sign MOU

The First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) and the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) signed an MOU on September 18, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba; as part of the Chiefs-in-Summit meeting, to formalize a partnership to work on developing a tax framework that will lead to more self-governance.  The MOU was signed by SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels and FNTC Chief Commission Manny Jules. “Business is happening all around us and we are not involved. They are operating in our territories and should FULL STORY

2020-06-28T13:41:20-07:00September 18th, 2019|

Update from BC Assessment: Two Important changes to Vancouver Island First Nations for 2019

Mobile Home Assessments Leading up to the preparation of the 2019 First Nation assessment rolls, BC Assessment conducted a review of all Mobile Home assessments on Vancouver Island. This review included verification of all existing mobile home improvements using both aerial imagery and on-site inspections, and a review of the land assessments for those homes, including research of comparable fee simple sales of mobile homes off reserve. The result was significant increases for mobile home assessments. This assessment review was FULL STORY

2020-07-05T16:22:48-07:00February 20th, 2019|