Reciprocity helps Indigenous Nations connect with property owners and small businesses who recognize that they live and work on, and benefit from, Indigenous land.
We want to show tangible proof that many landowners and small businesses choose to recognize Indigenous rights. Reciprocity is an opportunity for property owners to start saying thank you and directly recognize the Indigenous Nations in their area by returning a little wealth every year and taking on other work to support Indigenous cultural and ecological restoration. Beyond individual back yards, reciprocity creates a direct and ongoing Indigenous own-source revenue stream that is independent of federal or provincial governments and will increase over time as land values increase.
Homeowners, renters, businesses, and others will soon be able to be part of Reciprocity and make voluntary annual or monthly payments directly to the Indigenous Nations whose lands they live and work on. To learn more about Reciprocity, please visit our dedicated site at reciprocitytrusts.ca.
- For landowners, annual Reciprocity Payments are based on a percentage of what’s paid each year for property tax.
- For businesses, Reciprocity is based on the Pledge 1% model, with companies dedicating 1% of equity, 1% of time or product, and 1% of profit to help support Indigenous governments where they are based.
- Renters can be part of reciprocity by contributing 1% of monthly rent (and encouraging their landlords to take part as well).
With Reciprocity, Indigenous Nations who are most impacted by land privatization and alienation (especially in urban and recreational areas) receive the greatest benefit and the largest return of wealth, as well as a corresponding ability to enhance long-standing Indigenous traditions of generosity that recognize neighbours and relations.