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Legislative Assembly will consider two revised laws: Citizenship and Enrolment, and Property Taxation.

On October 4, 2023 at 9:00 AM the Tla’amin legislative assembly will convene for the second reading of the Tla’amin Citizenship and Enrolment Law and the Tla’amin Property Tax Law. The meeting is open to Tla’amin Citizens and Members can join via livestream from the Members-only Facebook page. If you are not on Facebook and wish to request a link please email: admin@tn-bc.ca

Summaries of all proposed changes to the laws can be read below and questions can be sent to admin@tn-bc.ca

Citizenship and Enrolment Law- Second Reading- Summary of Changes

Since 2018, community outreach, research and policy analysis has been undertaken to enhance the Citizenship and Enrolment Law. This work was initiated because the current eligibility criteria are too broad and do not adequately consider whether someone has meaningful ties to Tla’amin.

The proposed new criteria focus primarily on Tla’amin ancestry and having a continuing Tla’amin community connection.

Importantly, no one who is currently a Tla’amin Citizen would be affected by the change in rules. These changes would only apply to new applicants. 

Key changes being proposed: 

The following key changes have been proposed to address the concern about the criteria: 

  • Applicants must have Tla’amin ancestry in order to be enrolled – the only exception is adopted children of individuals with Tla’amin ancestry. 
  • There would no longer be automatic entitlement to Tla’amin citizenship for anyone with a “554 status card.” 
  • Applicants must show that they have, or intend to establish, a continuing Tla’amin community connection. An applicant who intends to build (but does not have) a connection has an opportunity to do so during the waiting period. This is to enable individuals who were adopted out, or lost their community connection in some other way, a chance to build one. 
  • There will now be two pathways to citizenship:
    • Conditional membership – applicants who are accepted as conditional members must wait for two years before they can apply for full citizenship, and 
    • Fast-track (exception to conditional enrolment) – certain applicants with strong ancestry/community connection can be accepted as citizens without going through the waiting period (e.g. individuals with two parents who are Tla’amin Citizens; individuals with Tla’amin ancestry who were on the #554 Sliammon Band list; and a child of someone with Tla’amin ancestry who was on the #554 First Nation list). 
  • A conditional member must apply for citizenship before the end of the three-year waiting period (although they may seek an extension in certain circumstances). This avoids the situation of individuals remaining conditional members indefinitely. 

The amendments are also designed to clarify the process and build on lessons learned since the original Citizenship and Enrolment Law came into effect 7 years ago. For example, the roles and responsibilities of the Citizenship Committee and Citizenship Registrar have been revamped to bring more clarity and focus to these positions. 

In order to support the effective implementation of the new Law, a Citizenship Policy, to be approved by Executive Council, has been developed to address the operational aspects of the application and decision-making process. In addition, the 2016 Citizenship and Enrolment Regulation will be replaced, once approved by Executive Council, with a more streamlined Citizenship Regulation focused on membership in, and operations of, the Citizenship Committee, as well as certain specified time limits. 

Review the redline version of the Citizenship and Enrolment Law [pdf]

Property Taxation Law- Second Reading- Summary of Changes

Proposed amendments to the Law include the following:

  1. The Table of Contents is amended by changing the word “Discrimination” to “Differentiation.”
  2. The definition of “Tla’amin Constituent” in section 2 of the Property Taxation Law is added with the definition “Tla’amin Constituent” means an individual who is entitled to be enrolled as a Tla’amin Citizen but is not enrolled.”
  3. Part 2, section 3 of the Law is amended by replacing “discrimination” with “differentiation” in the heading and paragraph; by adding “Tla’amin Constituents”; and by deleting “Imposition.”
  4. Part 3, section 10 of the Law is amended by adding “and who are not otherwise exempt.”
  5. Part 4, section 12 of the Law is amended by adding Section 3 “Tla’amin Citizens and Tla’amin Constituents are exempt from property taxes in relation to ownership or occupation of land or improvements within Tla’amin Lands in accordance with the Final Agreement, this Law and section 4.3 of the Treaty First Nation Taxation Act.”
  6. Part 6, section 19 of the Law is amended by adding “While an exemption from Property Taxes is in effect:
    • (a) on Tla’amin Lands that were Indian Reserves or Surrendered Lands on the day before the Effective Date, under Chapter 21 – Taxation of the Tla’amin Final Agreement; or
    • (b) for Tla’amin Constituents on Tla’amin Lands, under paragraph 2.2 (b).”
  7. Part 6, section 20 of the Law is amended by deleting “While the exemption under paragraph 17 of Chapter 21 [Taxation] of the Final Agreement in respect of taxation of Property is in effect:
    • (c) section 3 will not apply;
    • (d) for each year, in respect of each Property Class under the Assessment Act, the total rate of tax under this Law shall not exceed the aggregate of:
    • (e) the rate set for that Property Class for that year for tax under the School Act applicable to School District No. 47 (Powell River),
    • (f) the rate required to collect the amount to meet the Tla’amin Nation’s obligations under section 22(2) for that year for that Property Class, and
      the rate established by the City of Powell River under section 197(1)(a) of the Community Charter (British Columbia) for that Property Class, or if the rate established by the City of Powell River is zero, the rate set under the Taxation (Rural Area) Act for that class; and:”
      Coming Into Force

Review the redline version of the Property Taxation Law [pdf]