Songhees has exerted jurisdiction over reserve lands and traditional territories to the extent possible under Canada’s regulatory framework for First Nations.
The Indian Act is a Federal Law enacted in 1876 which governs Indian Status, Indian Bands and Indian Reserves. Despite numerous amendments, the Act continues to regulate the day to day lives of registered Indians and Indian Reserve Communities in Canada.
Songhees Nation has enacted 11 bylaws under the Indian Act as an expression of a local government jurisdiction and to promote safety and harmonious community living for Songhees members and tenants.
In 1995 Songhees Indian Band Property Taxation Bylaws (link) replaced Provincial tax collection on Songhees reserve Lands and gained control over local government service provision to Songhees Taxpayers.
Songhees Nation Indian Act Bylaws:
Animal Control Bylaw PDF
Nuisance and Disturbance Bylaw PDF
Removal of Trespassers Bylaw PDF
Traffic and Parking Bylaw PDF
Wellness Centre Capital Project Bylaw 2007 PDF
Zoning and Land Use Bylaw PDF
The First Nations Fiscal Management Act 2006 is optional federal legislation designed to promote the economic development of participating First Nations.
First Nations with Financial Administration Laws and Financial Performance Certification demonstrating high standards of financial management and performance are eligible to join an investment pool and to access low interest long term financing for infrastructure.
Songhees Nation is proud to have enacted the first Property Tax and Assessment Laws, the first Financial Administration Law and the first Taxpayer Representation Law in Canada under the Fiscal Management Act.
First Nations Fiscal Management Act Laws:
Borrowing Agreement Law 2012 PDF
Financial Administration Law 2009 PDF
Property Tax Law Amended 2012 PDF
Taxpayer Representation Law 2010 PDF
Property Assessment Law 2008 PDF
Property Tax Law 2008 PDF
The First Nations Land Management Act 1999 is optional federal legislation to provide participating First Nations with the authority to make laws in relation to reserve lands, resources and the environment.
Indian Act provisions relating to land management no longer apply to those with ratified land codes. The Songhees Land Code was passed in 2010.
Songhees Nation Land Code and Land Code Laws:
Matrimonial Real Property PDF