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 First Nations Fiscal Management Act, passed by Parliament in 2005, creating the First Nations Tax Commission, where he currently serves as Chief Commissioner.

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This episode was recorded on June 3, 2020.


First Nations Tax Commission:
The mission of the FNTC is to help First Nation governments build and maintain fair and efficient property tax regimes and to ensure those First Nation communities, and their taxpayers alike, receive the maximum benefit from those systems.The FNTC is also about creating the legal, administrative and infrastructural framework necessary for markets to work on First Nation lands, creating a competitive First Nation investment climate, and using economic growth as the catalyst for greater First Nation self-reliance.

Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics:
The Tulo Centre is a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to renewing Indigenous economics by providing applied programs to enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities.

Book Recommendation:
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. Written by John M. Barry:


Intro and outro song: John Jules

Cover artwork: Chief Commissioner Jules