APNR 1030: Land Use Planning I
Oct
15
to Oct 19

APNR 1030: Land Use Planning I

This course offers an introduction to assessing environmental systems on the land, and identifying potential effects of human activities and developments on environmental media (air, water, soil, groundwater, vegetation and wildlife habitat), with a focus on Indigenous communities. Emphasis will be placed on sensitivities and potential impacts on soils, surface water, groundwater, vegetation communities and wildlife habitats.

This is the sixth course in the Certificate in First Nation Applied Lands Management program. 

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Introduction to First Nation Taxation, APEC 1610
Oct
22
to Oct 26

Introduction to First Nation Taxation, APEC 1610

Students are provided with an overview of First Nation taxation and how it can be used to improve the investment climate and support economic development on First Nation lands. The role of government in making markets work is explained, focusing primarily on First Nation local revenue authority using the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). Topics include the role of government in facilitating investment; the concept of property taxation; First Nation property taxation; FMA and institutions; the First Nation Goods and Services Tax (FNGST). 3 credits. Prerequisite: None

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC. 

This is the first course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Ontario
Nov
1
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Ontario

This workshop presented by the Tulo Centre and the First Nations Tax Commission focuses on implementing First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) taxation systems in Ontario.

Further details coming soon! 

Limited travel assistance available.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Lindsay Risling
lrisling@fntc.ca
250-828-9857 or toll-free 1-855-682-3682

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APNR 1080: Land Use Planning II
Nov
5
to Nov 9

APNR 1080: Land Use Planning II

This course complements Land Use Planning I – Environmental assessment. Planning I focused on the bio-physical aspects of the Reserve land base (i.e. what is the natural environment); Planning II focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of the Reserve land base (i.e. who can do what where). Emphasis is placed on community aspirations and consultation; on linking human activities with appropriate land parcels; on the nexus between land use planning and socio-economic development; and on the benefits of coordinating planning with surrounding/abutting communities.

This is the seventh course in the Certificate in First Nation Applied Lands Management program.

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Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Saskatchewan
Nov
22
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Saskatchewan

This workshop presented by the Tulo Centre and the First Nations Tax Commission focuses on implementing First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) taxation systems in Saskatchewan.

Location and further details coming soon! 

Limited travel assistance available.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Lindsay Risling
lrisling@fntc.ca
250-828-9857 or toll-free 1-855-682-3682

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Establishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures, APEC 1620
Dec
3
to Dec 7

Establishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures, APEC 1620

Students learn how to set First Nation property tax rates through the preparation of a local services budget and how to communicate effectively with council and taxpayers during this process. Topics include setting tax rates and expenditure policy issues; preparation of local revenue budgets; preparation of annual tax rates and expenditure laws; understanding user fees and business occupancy taxes; and communication and notification requirements under the authority of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) or s.83 of the Indian Act. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation.

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC. 

This is the second course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Resource Development on First Nation Lands, APEC 2660
Jan
14
to Jan 18

Resource Development on First Nation Lands, APEC 2660

In this course students will examine the fiscal and economic impacts on First Nations of existing or proposed resource projects within their territories. It also covers how First Nations can successfully negotiate agreements and mediate disputes to maximize the benefit of these agreements for their communities. Topics include an introduction to resource economics; fiscal and economic impacts of resource projects; environmental review of resource projects; and resource project interest-based negotiation and dispute resolution. The course incorporates examples and case studies of actual First Nation resource agreements and disputes. It culminates in a First Nation resource project negotiation simulation and role play. 
3 credits. Prerequisites: Communications, Taxpayer Relations and Dispute Resolution or Service Agreements and Joint Contracts or Residential and Commercial Development on First Nations Lands or Investment Facilitation on First Nation Lands.

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC. 

This is the fourth course of the Certificate in First Nation Applied Economics program

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Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Alberta
Jan
24
4:00 PM16:00

Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Alberta

This workshop presented by the Tulo Centre and the First Nations Tax Commission focuses on implementing First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) taxation systems in Alberta.

Location and further details coming soon! 

Limited travel assistance available.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Lindsay Risling
lrisling@fntc.ca
250-828-9857 or toll-free 1-855-682-3682

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APNR 1090: Independent Research Project
Jan
28
to Feb 1

APNR 1090: Independent Research Project

Independent research on a land management issue in the student's community to which the range of skills acquired are applied. Such application will result in a methodology for addressing the issue; a series of land use, parcel, boundary and topographic plans; a written report setting out the findings and the implications; and two presentations – one to Chief and Council and one to the class.

This is the final course in the Certificate in First Nation Applied Land Management program.

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Assessment and Assessment Appeals, APEC 1630
Feb
4
to Feb 8

Assessment and Assessment Appeals, APEC 1630

Students examine property markets with a focus on property assessments and assessment appeals in Canada under the authority of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) or s. 83 of the Indian Act. Topics include an introduction to valuing land, assessment theory and practice, assessment law and practice, assessment appeals, and an assessment appeal role play. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC. 

This is the third course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Ontario
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Ontario

This workshop presented by the Tulo Centre and the First Nations Tax Commission focuses on implementing First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) taxation systems in Ontario.

Location and Further details coming soon! 

Limited travel assistance available.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Lindsay Risling
lrisling@fntc.ca
250-828-9857 or toll-free 1-855-682-3682

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First Nation Fiscal Relationship and Economic Development, APEC 2670
Feb
25
to Mar 1

First Nation Fiscal Relationship and Economic Development, APEC 2670

Students will examine how current First Nation fiscal relationships limit economic growth and development in their communities and the changes that can be made to current public finance policies and systems to address this concern. Students will be introduced to the key knowledge and skills necessary to participate in negotiating a new First Nation fiscal relationship and to help successfully implement it in their communities. Topics include public finance in Canada; the history of the First Nation fiscal relationship; problems with the First Nation fiscal relationship; options to improve the First Nation fiscal relationship; and First Nation and other government public finance and fiscal interests. The capstone of the course is a First Nation fiscal relations negotiation simulation and role play.
3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to Basic Economics or both ECON 1900 and ECON 1950

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC.

This is the fifth course of the Certificate in First Nation Applied Economics program

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Administration: Tax Notices, Collection and Enforcement, APEC 1640
Mar
11
to Mar 15

Administration: Tax Notices, Collection and Enforcement, APEC 1640

Students learn to manage a First Nation and/or local government tax administration system focusing on taxpayer notification and local revenue billing, collection and enforcement. Best practices from systems across Canada are presented along with the regulatory requirements associated with the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). Significant time is devoted to using the First Nations Tax Commission’s (FNTC) specialized Tax Administration System (TAS) for local revenue administration.
3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation TaxationEstablishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures.  

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC. 

This is the fourth course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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APNR 1060: Data Capture II
Sep
17
to Sep 21

APNR 1060: Data Capture II

This course provides an introduction to data capture as it relates to legal and non-legal surveys (records, services & products) with an emphasis on Indigenous communities by building on the knowledge and skill acquired during the Data Capture I course.  Some emphasis will also be placed on more modern technologies like Global Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS).

This is the fifth course in the Certificate in First Nation Applied Lands Management program.

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Capital Infrastructure and Debenture Financing, APEC 1680
Sep
10
to Sep 14

Capital Infrastructure and Debenture Financing, APEC 1680

Students learn how to plan, cost, and finance local government infrastructure projects using long term debentures in the First Nation Fiscal Management Act (FMA). They also examine the legal, planning and policy requirements established by the First Nation Finance Authority (FNFA), the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) and the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) as well as best practices in economic, capital and financial planning. Topics include economic infrastructure; economic strategy; integrated capital planning; capital financing and borrowing; borrowing laws and procedures; and a case study in infrastructure financing. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates & Expenditures, Assessment and Assessment Appeals, Administration: Tax Notices, Collection & Enforcement, Communications, Taxpayer Relation and Dispute Resolution.  

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC. 

This is the eighth course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Development Cost Charges, APEC 1670
Aug
20
to Aug 24

Development Cost Charges, APEC 1670

Students learn to establish fair and transparent development cost charge (DCC) and service tax (ST) systems for First Nations or local governments under the authority of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) and the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC). These systems are intended to support the financing of infrastructure and service improvements. Topics include options for First Nation community financing infrastructure; developing First Nation DDC and ST laws; implementing First Nation DCC and ST laws; and DCC and ST case studies.
3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures. 

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC

This is the seventh course in the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program.

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APNR 1070: Digital Mapping II
Aug
13
to Aug 17

APNR 1070: Digital Mapping II

This course builds on GIS/Mapping I by expanding on spatial data use in a GIS, and culminates in building a custom community map of the students’ own community. Emphasis will be placed on attribute data, creating your own spatial data, aerial imagery, and geographic analysis using Indigenous examples. This course, like GIS/Mapping I, will be comprised of lectures and labs and an online discussion board. All topics will include practical exercises of the above mentioned subject areas.

This is the fourth course in the Certificate in First Nation Applied Lands Management program. 

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Workshop: Towards Best Practice Service Agreements
Jul
19
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Towards Best Practice Service Agreements

This workshop presented by the First Nations Tax Commission and the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics focuses on negotiating best practice local government-First Nation service agreements in Manitoba. The workshop will present government to government protocol and service agreement models. It will review examples of previous service agreements in Manitoba and present some common issues in negotiating these agreements.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Review examples of previous service agreements in Manitoba and present some common issues in negotiating these agreements
  • Why implementing tax and lands jurisdictions in advance of TLEs and ATRs help with service agreements and improve economic development outcomes
  • How to efficiently and effectively implement those jurisdictions
  • The workshop will also feature an opportunity to participate in a mock (without prejudice) service agreement negotiation based on a hypothetical Manitoba urban reserve TLE proposal

This workshop would be of benefit to any local government or First Nation in the TLE or ATR process. It is of interest to local governments and First Nations that are negotiating or have negotiated service agreements. It is of interest to First Nations interested in implementing their tax and lands jurisdictions. It is of interest to First Nations and local governments that want to realize more fiscal and economic benefits from TLEs and ATRs in Manitoba.

Limited travel assistance available.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Lindsay Risling
lrisling@fntc.ca
250-828-9857 or toll-free 1-855-682-3682

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APNR 1020 Digital Mapping I
Jun
11
to Jun 15

APNR 1020 Digital Mapping I

This course offers an introduction to managing and processing geographic information in a digital world with a focus on Indigenous communities (i.e. Reserves). Emphasis will be placed on the nature of geographic information in a digital environment, types of spatial data, coordinate systems, datums, map projections, and performing basic functions in a Geographic Information System (GIS).

The course is comprised of lectures and labs and an online discussion board. Lectures will focus on the introductory elements of the above noted topics. Labs are designed so that students will gain first-hand experience in exploring spatial data and presentation in a GIS.  All labs will utilize Indigenous community spatial data. The on-line discussion board will focus on a weekly topic for students to participate in.

This course will be delivered in person at TRU.

This is the third course in the First Nation Applied Lands Management Certificate.

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Service Agreements and Joint Contracts, APEC 1660
Jun
4
to Jun 8

Service Agreements and Joint Contracts, APEC 1660

Students examine how to develop service agreements and joint contracts for the delivery of services or the construction of infrastructure involving local governments and/or private partners. Topics include service agreements; contracting; service agreement calculations and negotiations; interest-based negotiations; service agreements for additions to reserves (ATR) and treaty land entitlement (TLE) settlements; and a service agreement case study. Students utilize tools developed by the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) to assist in service agreement negotiations.
3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures.

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC

This is the sixth course in the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program.

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APNR 1010 Data Capture
May
14
to May 18

APNR 1010 Data Capture

During this course students are introduced to observational methods for data capture using surveying equipment. Data capture fundamentals remain regardless of the rapid technological advances in data capturing equipment, acquisition and processing procedures. Focus is therefore placed on basic data capture concepts, basic data capture measurements, field and office work, data capture instruments and modern data capture as they pertain to Indigenous communities on-Reserve.

This course will be delivered using in-classroom lectures at TRU, practical field work and an online component for distance learning. Lectures will teach data capture theory required to form a foundation of knowledge to later build upon. Practical field work will provide an opportunity to unlock and reinforce the theoretical knowledge gained. The online component will facilitate the distance learning component and foster collaboration.

This is the second course in the First Nation Applied Lands Management Certificate.

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Investment Facilitation on First Nation Lands, APEC 2650
Apr
30
to May 4

Investment Facilitation on First Nation Lands, APEC 2650

Students study the interests of public and private investors and what can be done to attract investment on First Nation lands. Given that is it four to six times more expensive to facilitate investment for First Nation projects, emphasis is placed on solutions to reduce investment transaction costs. Topics include transaction costs and economic growth; the legal and administrative framework to facilitate investment; building infrastructure; and creating an investment facilitation work plan.
Pre-requisite: ECON 122 or ECON 1221
Co-requisite: APEC 2630

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC

This is the third course in the Certificate in First Nation Applied Economics program.

 

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Communications, Taxpayer Relations and Dispute Resolution, APEC 1650
Apr
9
to Apr 13

Communications, Taxpayer Relations and Dispute Resolution, APEC 1650

Students examine how to establish a mutually beneficial working relationship between First Nation tax authorities and taxpayers. Topics include communications planning and products; reaching agreement through consensus; taxpayer representation structures and laws; local dispute resolution; and the formal dispute resolution process from the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA).
3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates & Expenditures, Assessment and Assessment Appeals, Administration: Tax Notices, Collection & Enforcement. 

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops, BC

This is the fifth course in the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program.

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APPLIED LANDS MANAGEMENT: Land Tenure
Mar
26
to Mar 29

APPLIED LANDS MANAGEMENT: Land Tenure

Students will learn about regimes (e.g. Indian Act, FNLM Act, ILT Initiative, informal); enabling legislation (e.g. CLS Act, land codes, First Nation bylaws); establishing/re-establishing parcels; boundary evidence (physical, occupational, coordinates); and registering interests (Indian Lands Registry and other registries).

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the first course of the Certificate for First Nation Applied Lands Management program. 

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ADMINISTRATION: TAX NOTICES, COLLECTION AND ENFORCEMENT, APEC 1640
Mar
5
to Mar 9

ADMINISTRATION: TAX NOTICES, COLLECTION AND ENFORCEMENT, APEC 1640

Students learn to manage a First Nation and/or local government tax administration system focusing on taxpayer notification and local revenue billing, collection and enforcement. Best practices from systems across Canada are presented along with the regulatory requirements associated with the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). Significant time is devoted to using the First Nations Tax Commission’s (FNTC) specialized Tax Administration System (TAS) for local revenue administration.
3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation TaxationEstablishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures.  

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the fourth course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Workshop: Expanding FMA Tax Systems to Support a Jurisdiction Based Fiscal Relationship
Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Expanding FMA Tax Systems to Support a Jurisdiction Based Fiscal Relationship

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The workshop presented by the Tulo Centre and the First Nations Tax Commission focuses on expanding FMA tax systems to support a jurisdiction based fiscal relationship. It will discuss how the fiscal relationship impacts the independence of First Nation jurisdictions. Key topics covered include:

  • History of First Nation fiscal relationship
  • Problems with the current First Nation fiscal relationship
  • Proposals to improve the fiscal relationship
  • Opportunities to expand First Nation tax jurisdiction
  • FMA tax options
  • Resource taxes
  • Cannabis and Tobacco taxes
  • FNGST
  • A Jurisdiction Based Fiscal Relationship Proposal
  • Requirement and opportunities for a new fiscal relationship

This workshop is designed for First Nations and others interested in expanding their tax jurisdictions and working towards a jurisdiction based fiscal relationship. It may also be of interested to those participating in the AFN and INAC discussions about a new fiscal relationship.

Limited travel assistance available.

TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT LINDSAY RISLING
LRISLING@FNTC.CA OR 250-828-9857

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RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ON FIRST NATION LANDS, APEC 2660
Feb
5
to Feb 9

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ON FIRST NATION LANDS, APEC 2660

In this course students will examine the fiscal and economic impacts on First Nations of existing or proposed resource projects within their territories. It also covers how First Nations can successfully negotiate agreements and mediate disputes to maximize the benefit of these agreements for their communities. Topics include an introduction to resource economics; fiscal and economic impacts of resource projects; environmental review of resource projects; and resource project interest-based negotiation and dispute resolution. The course incorporates examples and case studies of actual First Nation resource agreements and disputes. It culminates in a First Nation resource project negotiation simulation and role play. 
3 credits. Prerequisites: Communications, Taxpayer Relations and Dispute Resolution or Service Agreements and Joint Contracts or Residential and Commercial Development on First Nations Lands or Investment Facilitation on First Nation Lands.

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the fourth course of the Certificate in First Nation Applied Economics program

 

 

 

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Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Mik'maq and Maliseet Nations
Jan
25
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Mik'maq and Maliseet Nations

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This workshop presented by the First Nations Tax Commission and the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics focuses on implementing First Nation Fiscal Management Act (FMA) taxation systems in Mik’maq and Maliseet Nations. The following topics will be covered:

  • Property Tax Jurisdictions
  • First Nations Fiscal Management Act
  • Sales Tax
  • FNGST
  • Cannabis Tax
  • Tobacco Tax
  • Aboriginal Resource Tax
  • Taxation and New Fiscal Relationships.

This workshop is designed for First Nations currently taxing or interested in taxing in Mik’maq and Maliseet Nations. It will be an opportunity to discuss strategies to overcome challenges to implement tax jurisdiction, ensure the new fiscal relationship meets the requirements of First Nations and learn of new tax jurisdiction opportunities.

Limited travel assistance available.

TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT LINDSAY RISLING
LRISLING@FNTC.CA OR 250-828-9857

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ASSESSMENT AND ASSESSMENT APPEALS, APEC 1630
Jan
15
to Jan 19

ASSESSMENT AND ASSESSMENT APPEALS, APEC 1630

Students examine property markets with a focus on property assessments and assessment appeals in Canada under the authority of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) or s. 83 of the Indian Act. Topics include an introduction to valuing land, assessment theory and practice, assessment law and practice, assessment appeals, and an assessment appeal role play. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the third course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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ESTABLISHING FIRST NATION TAX RATES AND EXPENDITURES, APEC 1620
Dec
4
to Dec 8

ESTABLISHING FIRST NATION TAX RATES AND EXPENDITURES, APEC 1620

Students learn how to set First Nation property tax rates through the preparation of a local services budget and how to communicate effectively with council and taxpayers during this process. Topics include setting tax rates and expenditure policy issues; preparation of local revenue budgets; preparation of annual tax rates and expenditure laws; understanding user fees and business occupancy taxes; and communication and notification requirements under the authority of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) or s.83 of the Indian Act. 2 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation.

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the second course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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INTRODUCTION TO FIRST NATION TAXATION, APEC 1610
Nov
13
to Nov 17

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST NATION TAXATION, APEC 1610

Students are provided with an overview of First Nation taxation and how it can be used to improve the investment climate and support economic development on First Nation lands. The role of government in making markets work is explained, focusing primarily on First Nation local revenue authority using the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). Topics include the role of government in facilitating investment; the concept of property taxation; First Nation property taxation; FMA and institutions; the First Nation Goods and Services Tax (FNGST). 2 credits. Prerequisite: None 

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the first course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Workshop: Increasing Wealth and Revenues through First Nation Tax Jurisdiction
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Increasing Wealth and Revenues through First Nation Tax Jurisdiction

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Increasing Wealth and Revenues through First Nation Tax Jurisdiction
Nov 2, 2017 - Edmonton AB

This workshop presented by the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics and the First Nations Tax Commission focuses on implementing taxation systems in Alberta. The following topics will be covered:

  • History of Alberta First Nation Tax Jurisdiction: The Home of Modern First Nation Taxation
  • The Benefits of Exercising Tax Jurisdiction
  • Utilizing First Nations Fiscal Management Act fiscal powers in Alberta
  • The Potential of Resource Taxation in Alberta.

First Nations in Alberta have great potential to increase community wealth and revenues by using their tax jurisdiction over commercial developments, utilities, and agriculture. Developed by the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, this workshop will focus on how to implement these tax jurisdictions and also how to utilize these jurisdictions to finance more infrastructure, negotiate better service agreements, add lands to First Nation jurisdiction more quickly, negotiate payments in lieu of taxation and support economic development. This workshop is available to interested First Nations in Alberta wishing to implement tax jurisdiction, undertake economic development and/or expand their current jurisdiction. It is relevant to Alberta First Nations with existing or proposed hotels, resource, commercial, residential, or agricultural development on their lands. It is applicable to those Alberta First Nations adding lands to their jurisdiction, negotiating service agreements, building economic infrastructure, planning economic development projects and exploring ways to generate more benefits from resource development. The workshop will use practical examples from communities in Alberta and provide tools, examples and skills to participants to advance their community’s interests.

Limited travel assistance available.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Lindsay Risling
lrisling@fntc.ca
250-828-9857 or toll-free 1-855-682-3682

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CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEBENTURE FINANCING, APEC 1680
Oct
16
to Oct 20

CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEBENTURE FINANCING, APEC 1680

Students learn how to plan, cost, and finance local government infrastructure projects using long term debentures in the First Nation Fiscal Management Act (FMA). They also examine the legal, planning and policy requirements established by the First Nation Finance Authority (FNFA), the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) and the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) as well as best practices in economic, capital and financial planning. Topics include economic infrastructure; economic strategy; integrated capital planning; capital financing and borrowing; borrowing laws and procedures; and a case study in infrastructure financing. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates & Expenditures, Assessment and Assessment Appeals, Administration: Tax Notices, Collection & Enforcement, Communications, Taxpayer Relation and Dispute Resolution.  

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the eighth course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES, APEC 1670
Aug
21
to Aug 25

DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES, APEC 1670

Students learn to establish fair and transparent development cost charge (DCC) and service tax (ST) systems for First Nations or local governments under the authority of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) and the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC). These systems are intended to support the financing of infrastructure and service improvements. Topics include options for First Nation community financing infrastructure; developing First Nation DDC and ST laws; implementing First Nation DCC and ST laws; and DCC and ST case studies. 2 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the seventh course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Ontario
Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Implementing FMA Taxation Systems in Ontario

This workshop presented by the Tulo Centre and the First Nations Tax Commission focuses on implementing First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) taxation systems in Ontario. The following topics will be covered:

Ø  The History of First Nation Tax Jurisdiction in Ontario

Ø  The Benefits of Implementing First Nation Tax Jurisdiction

Ø  The Challenges associated with First Nation Tax Jurisdiction

Ø  Assessment Services for Ontario First Nations

Ø  Transitioning from fees for service to tax jurisdiction

Ø  Support and Capacity Development opportunities

Ø  Other Taxation Issues – FNGST and Tobacco Tax Jurisdiction

This workshop is designed for First Nations who are interested in establishing tax jurisdictions, have cottages leases on their lands, have commercial leases or casinos, currently charge fees for services or are interested in other opportunities for First Nation tax jurisdiction.

Limited travel assistance available.

To register please contact Lindsay Risling
lrisling@fntc.ca or 250-828-9857

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SERVICE AGREEMENTS AND JOINT CONTRACTS, APEC 1660
Jun
5
to Jun 9

SERVICE AGREEMENTS AND JOINT CONTRACTS, APEC 1660

Students examine how to develop service agreements and joint contracts for the delivery of services or the construction of infrastructure involving local governments and/or private partners. Topics include service agreements; contracting; service agreement calculations and negotiations; interest-based negotiations; service agreements for additions to reserves (ATR) and treaty land entitlement (TLE) settlements; and a service agreement case study. Students utilize tools developed by the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) to assist in service agreement negotiations. 2 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures.  

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the sixth course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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FIRST NATION FISCAL RELATIONSHIP AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, APEC 2670
May
8
to May 12

FIRST NATION FISCAL RELATIONSHIP AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, APEC 2670

Students will examine how current First Nation fiscal relationships limit economic growth and development in their communities and the changes that can be made to current public finance policies and systems to address this concern. Students will be introduced to the key knowledge and skills necessary to participate in negotiating a new First Nation fiscal relationship and to help successfully implement it in their communities. Topics include public finance in Canada; the history of the First Nation fiscal relationship; problems with the First Nation fiscal relationship; options to improve the First Nation fiscal relationship; and First Nation and other government public finance and fiscal interests. The capstone of the course is a First Nation fiscal relations negotiation simulation and role play.
3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to Basic Economics or both ECON 1900 and ECON 1950

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops.

This is the fifth course of the Certificate in First Nation Applied Economics program

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COMMUNICATIONS, TAXPAYER RELATIONS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION, APEC 1650
Apr
10
to Apr 13

COMMUNICATIONS, TAXPAYER RELATIONS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION, APEC 1650

Students examine how to establish a mutually beneficial working relationship between First Nation tax authorities and taxpayers. Topics include communications planning and products; reaching agreement through consensus; taxpayer representation structures and laws; local dispute resolution; and the formal dispute resolution process from the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). 
2 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation, Establishing First Nation Tax Rates & Expenditures, Assessment and Assessment Appeals, Administration: Tax Notices, Collection & Enforcement.

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the fifth course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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FMB Certification: What Auditors Need to Know - Webinar
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

FMB Certification: What Auditors Need to Know - Webinar

What is First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) Certification? How does it impact the annual audit of a First Nation? How can the auditor play a role?

These and other questions will be answered during this free one hour webcast hosted by the FMB. If you serve First Nations clients in an assurance or advisory role you should attend this session.

The purpose of this webcast will be to inform audit service providers of:

  • Certification services that the FMB provides to First Nations; and
  • Value added activities that could be provided to First Nation clients

The First Nations Financial Management Board is Canada’s only legislated body that develops and publishes Financial Administration Law, Financial Management System, Financial Performance and Local Revenue Financial Reporting Standards for First Nations. The FMB is an Aboriginal institution that provides a suite of financial management tools and capacity development services to First Nations governments seeking to strengthen their fiscal stewardship and accountability regime and develop necessary capacity to meet their expanding fiscal and financial management requirements.

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First Nations Financial Management Board Standards Update - Webinar
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

First Nations Financial Management Board Standards Update - Webinar

This will be an opportunity to hear about recent and upcoming changes to the collection of standards published by the First Nations Financial Management Board.

  • Recently published Local Revenue Financial Reporting Standards
  • Hot Topics and Upcoming Standard Setting Activities
  • How to get involved
  • Questions and Answers

The First Nations Financial Management Board is Canada’s only legislated body that develops and publishes Financial Administration Law, Financial Management System, Financial Performance and Local Revenue Financial Reporting Standards for First Nations. The FMB is an Aboriginal institution that provides a suite of financial management tools and capacity development services to First Nations governments seeking to strengthen their fiscal stewardship and accountability regime and develop necessary capacity to meet their expanding fiscal and financial management requirements.

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ADMINISTRATION: TAX NOTICES, COLLECTION & ENFORCEMENT, APEC 1640
Mar
6
to Mar 10

ADMINISTRATION: TAX NOTICES, COLLECTION & ENFORCEMENT, APEC 1640

Students learn to manage a First Nation and/or local government tax administration system focusing on taxpayer notification and local revenue billing, collection and enforcement. Best practices from systems across Canada are presented along with the regulatory requirements associated with the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). Significant time is devoted to using the First Nations Tax Commission’s (FNTC) specialized Tax Administration System (TAS) for local revenue administration. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation TaxationEstablishing First Nation Tax Rates and Expenditures

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the fourth course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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Restoring First Nation Tax Jurisdiction through the FMA
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Restoring First Nation Tax Jurisdiction through the FMA

This workshop is intended for Ontario First Nations that have cottage lessees and are interested in switching from service fees to taxation. Register for this workshop to learn how to assert property tax jurisdiction, collect more revenues and improve enforcement powers.

Topics at this workshop include the history of taxation in Ontario, the rationale for First Nation tax jurisdiction, maximizing benefits from participating in the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, transitioning from service fees to taxation and communicating the transition to lessees. 

Limited Travel Assistance is Available. 

Related articles on First Nation taxation in Ontario: 

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ASSESSMENT AND ASSESSMENT APPEALS, APEC 1630
Feb
6
to Feb 10

ASSESSMENT AND ASSESSMENT APPEALS, APEC 1630

Students examine property markets with a focus on property assessments and assessment appeals in Canada under the authority of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) or s. 83 of the Indian Act. Topics include an introduction to valuing land, assessment theory and practice, assessment law and practice, assessment appeals, and an assessment appeal role play. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Introduction to First Nation Taxation

This is an on-campus class in Kamloops. 

This is the third course of the Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration program. 

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