CÃ©line Auclair, the Vice-President for Governance Programs with the Forum of Federations, has been appointed to the First Nations Tax Commission. The appointment was announced April 30, 2007, by Jim Prentice, Canada’s Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for MÃ©tis and non-Status Indians.
The commissione’s mandate is to support and regulate First Nation property tax regimes to ensure they are administratively efficient, harmonized with property tax regimes across Canada and fair to on-reserve taxpayers.
‘It is an honour for me to assist the Commission in this challenging mandate,’ said Ms Auclair. ‘Improving the quality of life of First Nations people has been a life-long preoccupation of mine and I look forward to working with the commission and making a contribution to the betterment of Canada’s native people.’
Dr. Auclair is one of the founders of the Forum of Federations, where she will continue her fulltime responsibilities. She has a PhD in international relations from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and was the Deputy Ombudsperson for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-1998 and advisor to the office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996-1997, where she also monitored compliance of Bosnian property law with European standards.