Each year, the FNTC prepares a corporate plan to set out the work and resource requirements for the coming fiscal year. The corporate plan is a comprehensive report on the FNTC’s objectives, external environment, risks, risk management strategies, performance measures, and budget requirements for the coming fiscal year.
The FNTC’s corporate plan for the 2017/2018 fiscal year includes several key priorities related to the advancement and expansion of First Nation jurisdiction, including:
- Implementing FMA amendments and advancing new amendments;
- Working with the other fiscal institutions to expand the use and scope of the FMA;
- Growing the FMA tax system in these areas of focus:
- TLEs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and continued support of growth in Atlantic Canada
- First Nations implementing taxation for services, BATs, DCCs, service fees and other revenue-raising powers
- Grants-in-lieu of taxation;
- Planning a National Meeting for FMA First Nations, in conjunction with the First Nations Finance Authority and the First Nations Financial Management Board;
- Supporting and advancing a revenue-based fiscal relationship option for First Nations;
- Securing core funding for the Tulo Centre; and
- Advancing special initiatives including the Aboriginal Resource Tax (ART), an FMA Infrastructure Institution (FNII), the Indigenous Land Title Initiative (ILTI), and expanded tax services for First Nations.
Key elements of FNTC’s workplan for the upcoming year include:
- Continued growth in education provided to First Nations including increased courses, workshops, webinars and research through the Tulo Centre;
- Expansion of the First Nations Gazette as the voice of First Nation law;
- Development of communication materials and presentations to support the continued expansion of First Nation tax systems; and
- Continued support for service agreement negotiations and management of disputes and negotiations associated with the local revenue system.
First Nations are continuing to find innovative ways to advance and expand their jurisdiction and the FNTC looks forward to another strong year of assisting First Nations communities realize their visions.