The Little Shuswap Band Lands encompass a large area including areas of Little Shuswap, Scotch Creek, Tappen, Little River and Silvery Beach. Surrounded by the beauty of nature and desirable amenities, the community is supported by services provided through the Band and a variety of service providers.
Little Shuswap Lake Band is the local government and provides services to the community directly or through servicing agreements with the CSRD (Columbia Shuswap Regional District), Provincial and Federal Ministries and private contractors as required.
GENERAL COMMUNITY SERVICES: Services include fire protection, 911, ambulance, hospital, waste management (garbage and recycling), sewer (Scotch Creek) road maintenance, emergency preparedness, access to parks and contributions to milfoil control. There are a variety of services in each area and service providers may change from time to time. For questions contact the appropriate department through the contact page or view our admin staff directory.
BAND MEMBER SERVICES: In addition to general community services Band members have access to specific services including housing, employment, the Skwlax Health Centre, addictions and mental health couselling.
PROPERTY TAXES: As the local government, Little Shuswap Lake Band (LSLB) has the authority under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act to levy property taxes. LSLB contracts with BC Assessment to provide annual property assessment services. Owners wishing to appeal their assessment should read their notice carefully and be sure to apply prior to the appeal deadlines The process is essentially the same as with fee simple properties under the provincial system. Property taxes for the Property are due and payable by August 2 of each year. The Homeowner Grant eligibility applies to owner-occupiers only and is the same as is available to homeowners of fee simple titles off Reserve. Only one property is eligible for a Homeowner Grant in BC in any one tax year.. Unlike municipalities where the Homeowner Grant is reimbursed by the provincial government, First Nations fund their own Homeowner Grants and do not receive any reimbursement from the provincial or federal governments. For more information see (links to Lease summary and www.fng.ca for approved laws).
LEASEHOLD INTERESTS: Property held by non-members is leased under a variety of forms of lease. The following summaries are provided as an easy reference to the rights and obligations pertaining to the most pertinent clauses in the lease. Interested parties are advised not to rely on the summaries as a full review of your lease document. Interested parties should review the entire terms of the lease and seek independent legal advice if need be.
Summary of most pertinent lease clauses
Laws, By-laws, Community Rules and Guidelines
Property Tax Laws (www.fng.ca - search Little Shuswap Lake Band)
Septic System specifications and application for approval
Use of Walking Trails - rule to be developed
Access to Crown land via LSLB lands
Campfires & Fireworks
Leasehold properties sold on Little Shuswap Band lands are exchanged through the process of an Assignment of the Seller’s Leasehold Interest. Buyers, Sellers, Lawyers, Notaries and Realtors should be familiar with the process and documentation to ensure the parties have the information required to expedite the Assignment of the Lease as efficiently as possible.
Click to select the Assignment information checklists and documents:
Information, Requirements and Checklists for:
Summary of most pertinent lease clauses:
Click the following links to view the various documents: