Agenda - November 19th, 2015

  9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

  9:05

Chair's Welcome and Introduction

 

Paul Favel, Q.C.                         

McKercher LLP

 

  9:20

The Exercise of Taxation Authority by First Nations

 

Murray Long
Whitecap Dakota First Nation. 

 

  • The role of taxation in self-determination and self-government  
  • Taxation as a tool for economic development
  • Liqour consumption tax
  • Saskatchewan Fuel and Tobacco Tax
  • Own source revenue considerations

 

  10:25

Questions and Discussion

  10:35

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:50

Internal Commodity Taxation

 

Richard Bennet

First Nation Tax Commission

  • First Nations Fiscal Management Act
  • First Nations on-reserve property taxation
  • TLE/Urban Reserves in Saskatchewan and property taxation
  • The Future of on-reserve taxation:
    • Development cost-charges (development levies)
    • Business activity taxes
    • Services Taxes

  11:50

Questions and Discussion

  12:00

Lunch Adjournment 

  1:15

Effective First Nations Corporate Governance

 

Vern Bachiu

Triall Consulting

 

Gary Merasty
Des Nedhe Developments LP

 

  • The role of good governance in economic development
  • The Harvard Study: Separating politics and business
  • Business charters
  • Beyond structures: building your business portfolio

  2:20

Questions and Discussion

  2:30

Refreshment Adsjournment

  2:45

Internal Band Governance

 

Paul Favel, Q.C.
McKersher LLP

  • Band governance duties and responsibilities
  • Internal consultation
  • Recent case law 

 

  3:30

Questions and Discussion

  3:40

AANDC Update and Legislation Impacting Internal Governance

 

Christopher L. Lafleur

Aboriginal Law Services

 

Kris M. Seto Davis

Aboriginal Law Services

 

  • First Nations Elections Act
  • Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
  • First Nation Commercial Industrial Development Act
  • First Nation Oil, Gas and Money Management Act

 

  4:30

Questions and Discussion

  4:40 Chairs' Closing Remarks
  4:45 Program Concludes

PBLI thanks Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada
(Saskatchewan Region) for its support in sponsoring this program.