The Role of Indigenous Taxation in Reconciliation with Chief Commissioner Manny Jules
Michael and Merrell-Ann sit down with Chief Commissioner Manny Jules from the First Nations Tax Commission. They discuss how taxes play a role in reconciliation. Manny explains why he embraces the word “tax.” He also talks about how the Chinook Jargon word “taksis” dates back hundreds of years.
About Our Guest
Manny Jules was Chief of Kamloops Indian Band for 16 years, within which time he made great strides for aboriginal people. In 1974 he was elected councillor of Kamloops Indian Band for the first time, and in 1984 he was elected Chief. He is a distinguished First Nation leader and innovator who has devoted over 30 years of his life to First Nations entrepreneurship and self-government. Manny has created opportunities for First Nations’ people in business and has furthered the goal of self-government.
As a co-founding member of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Manny had pushed for the passing of Bill C-115, the only First Nations led amendment to the Indian Act. He was also responsible by repatriating through purchase and negotiated settlement 45,000 acres of alienated Kamloops Indian Band reserve lands, and driving the passage in 1988 of Bill C-115, also known as “the Kamloops Amendment.”
In 1989, Manny Jules was appointed as the first chairperson of the Indian Taxation Advisory Board and was reappointed twice. As well as these achievements, Manny Jules also co-founded the Centre for Municipal-Aboriginal Relations which led to the making of the First Nation Finance Authority and the Financial Management Board and Statistics.
After retiring as band chief in 2000, Manny turned his attention to creating First Nations fiscal institutions. Manny is still active, having recently being involved in the development of Bill C-19, the First Nation fiscal and statistical management act.
In 2003, he became lead spokesperson for the First Nation Fiscal Institutions Initiative and focused on leading Bill C-19, the First Nation Fiscal and Statistical Management Act. Aboriginal people throughout Canada and elsewhere have benefited greatly from Manny Jules’s pioneering leadership, commitment and innovation in First Nation legislation, self-government and entrepreneurship.– IndigenousEcon.org
In This Episode
- First Nations Tax Commission
- IndigenousEcon.org – The Alliance for Renewing Indigenous Economies
- Chinook Jargon
- Chinook Nation
- Treaty of Oregon
- City of Kamloops
- Natural Resources Transfer Act
- Chief Lawrence Paul
- White Paper Consultation in 1968
- Indian Act
- Kamloops Amendment
- First Nations need Cannabis Tax Jurisdiction
>> 00:20: “I embrace the word ‘tax’ – it’s not controversial for me.”
>> 03:32: “And so we understood the word taxes. We, spelled it a little bit differently. T A K S I S.”
>> 18:40 “That gave me the inspiration that we, if we start building stuff on our own to help our economy, that’s going to change everything. That means we’ll be able to build infrastructure, business-ready infrastructure, potable water, sewer systems. You know, if we want to build a hospital, why build one, we can build a hundred, those kinds of things. “