Third graduating class from Tulo Centre's First Nation Tax Administration Certificate Program

The Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, in partnership with the First Nation Tax Commission and the Thompson Rivers University, honoured the third graduating class from the First Nation Tax Administration program. This group of students studied and worked hard for a year to complete the program requirements.

Congratulations to this year’s Tulo graduates:

  • Sue Brookes, Splatsin First Nation (left in photo)
  • Danette Jefkins, Buffalo Point First Nation
  • Donald Kraus, Coldwater Indian Band
  • Vivian Lindstrom, Cheam First Nation (right in photo)
  • Robert Price, Campbell River Indian Band

This program provides students with an understanding how to develop, implement and manage legal and administrative aspects of a First Nation local revenue system. It emphasizes the management of a tax system that facilitates investment, reduces business costs and supports competitive market development on First Nations lands.

Developed and taught by industry leaders, the courses include First Nation case studies, multimedia presentations, role play simulations and state of the art activity-based learning. 

Working in the classroom setting allowed me to get a better understanding of the issues from various communities. When working in groups, one gains knowledge from others in the same situation and they are in a position to take that back to their community and apply it to their own needs.
— Donald Kraus, Tulo Centre Graduate

Social learning is strongly encouraged as students practice what they have learned in class. This approach provides students with the practical knowledge and confidence that helps with their jobs at home in their communities.