Original Research and Curriculum 

The Tulo Centre is committed to developing original research and curriculum that supports accredited training and greater participation of indigenous populations in market opportunities. The Tulo Centre works with its partners to conduct research that supports curriculum for new courses related to Resource Development Interest Based Negotiations, Demographics, Information Management, First Nation Law and Economics, Resource Development Economics, Financial Management, First Nation Fiscal Relationships and Public Finance.

The Tulo Centre focuses on research to contribute to the knowledge of economic development for Indigenous governments. The research projects look at best practices to improve markets on indigenous lands, case studies from across Canada that encompass diverse circumstances and other projects that contribute to the understanding of building legal and administrative systems to support investment on First Nation land. 

The Tulo Centre's Open Textbook 

The open textbook Building a Competitive First Nation Investment Climate includes original research to help First Nation governments build economies. The objective of the textbook is to develop the skills for students to build successful First Nation investment climates, recognizing that many of the elements of a successful investment climate have regional variations.  

Dr. Robert L. Bish Papers

Dr. Robert L. Bish is Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, where he was Professor of Public Administration and Economics from 1981 through 1998. He was also Co-director of the Local Government Institute from its establishment in 1995 through 2002. Dr. Bish is also on the Board of Directors of the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics. 

The following three reports examine the issue of First Nation taxation of non-member leaseholders on reserves. They also examine the implications of different property assessment criteria for First Nation decision-making.

Many First Nations purchase some government services from other organizations. This report covers in detail what such contracts should include.

This report examines the problems of debt finance for small governments and provides the rationale for the First Nations Finance Authority as a co-op for First Nation debt finance.

The first study was done as background for the Taxation Amendments to the Indian Act It demonstrated that municipalities that were taxing leaseholders on reserve lands within municipal boundaries were not providing proper services to those lands and provided evidence that First Nations should assume tax jurisdiction to go with their service responsibilities. The second study provides detailed case studies and the third is a study of province-wide implications. 

The following two reports examine First Nation government from a service delivery and federalism perspective.

The objective of the following booklet is to provide a framework for First Nation governments to analyze their taxation and service delivery options within the context of Bills 64 and C-115. 

  • Indian Government Taxes and Service in British Columbia by Robert L. Bish, Eric G. Clemens, Hector G. Topham