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Should we pay because we are living on their unceded traditional territories? Yes, living on the unceded traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt in Victoria has a cost.
Why should we pay a percentage of our property tax to local First Nations?
In the now overused reference to the works of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, when property owners in Victoria choose to pay a percentage of their annual property taxes to the local First Nations, they enact the core meaning of what is intended in the word ‘reconciliation’.
That commission worked assiduously between 2008 and 2015, documenting the horrors of one of Canada’s federal programs: the Indian Residential Schools. A shameful program that was only dissolved in 1996.
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