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Harold Calla has been appointed to chair the First Nations Financial Management Board.

The board has two functions: to certify financial management systems, practices and standards of First Nations that have chosen to borrow against property tax revenues, and to provide all other First Nations, on request, services relating to financial management, reporting and standards development.

Calla, of the Squamish Nation, will lead one of the four institutions created through the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act. The institutions are designed to provide First Nations with the practical tools available to other levels of government for modern fiscal management. Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jim Prentice, said "Calla is a respected leader with the first-hand knowledge and experience needed to lead this institution."

Calla is a member of both the Certified Accountants Association of British Columbia and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, and received his certification as an Aboriginal financial manager through the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada. He has served as director of finance of the Squamish Nation, whose operations include commercial businesses, land leasing and land development. He is also the surveyor of taxes for the nation.

Calla has served as the chairman of the First Nations Financial Management Board Advisory Panel since 2002 and is a member of the boards of directors of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Partnerships BC.
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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