Who We Are:
The First Nations Tax Commission (Commission) is a national and growing Aboriginal institution established under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). The vision is to support and expand First Nation revenue streams in order to grow the economies on First Nation lands, thereby supporting healthy, vibrant and sustainable First Nation communities. In furtherance of this vision, the Commission regulates, supports and advances First Nation taxation jurisdiction. The Commission’s head office is located on T’kemlups te Secwepemc, in Kamloops, British Columbia.
The Policy Advisor is a member of a collaborative team of advisors who work with First Nations to develop laws/by-laws under the FMA and Section 83 of the Indian Act, as well as provide technical support on First Nation taxation. As an Advisor, you will provide guidance on implementing property taxation jurisdiction to First Nations clients by providing information, data and support relevant to their needs. The Policy Advisor supports the Commission’s review of law/by-laws by preparing technical reviews for First Nation laws/by-laws to ensure that they are in accordance with legislation, regulations and standards. The Policy Advisor also participates in outreach activities, presentations, and meetings to promote the benefits and value of property taxation and services of the Commission. The successful candidate will need to be confident and comfortable speaking to others about the legislation and its benefits.
- Prepares for, undertakes research, and acquires information in advance of meetings and presentations with assigned First Nations governments, other governments, taxpayers, and other stakeholders
- Participates in the coordination and facilitation/delivery of presentations to First Nation communities and other stakeholders to promote the benefits, value and understanding of property taxation systems, FMA law and legislation, and section 83 of the Indian Act and services provided by the FNTC
- Advises and provides technical assistance on property taxation to First Nations governments by presenting information, data, applicable legislation and using sample templates and tools. This includes assistance with law/bylaw development and addressing tax administration issues
- Prepares technical reviews of laws/ by-laws made under the FMA or section 83 of the Indian Act for consistency with the regulatory frameworks
- Presents information from technical reviews, provides briefing notes or correspondence, and prepares reports for review by the Director and the Chief Operations Officer (COO), before final review by the Commission
- Contributes to and annually reviews the development of strategies, objectives, work plans, and performance measures for deliverables associated with laws/by-laws or within the relevant business lines for the Annual Corporate Plan
- Participates in policy development processes to support the development of proposed policies, templates and Commission initiatives
- A degree in a related discipline, such as Law, Business Administration, Public Administration, Commerce or Economics
- A minimum of 5 years of prior work experience, ideally in a First Nations governance environment and/or within a policy analyst/advisor or policy/legal research role. A combination of relevant education and work experience will be considered.
- Knowledge of First Nation legislation, especially the FMA and section 83 of the Indian Act
- Knowledge of First Nation culture, history and traditions
- Knowledge of provincial and local government property tax systems
- Knowledge and proficiency of MS Office applications
- Strong public relations and communication skills
- This position is bilingual essential in English and French
We welcome applications from individuals with a strong interest in First Nation fiscal governance and the work of the FNTC, who are comfortable in a broad and demanding role, and who can work closely and collaboratively with colleagues.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.