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Tahltan corporation wins Indigenous business award

Tahltan corporation wins Indigenous business award
SEABRIDGE - A helicopter visits part of Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project. The Tahltan Nation Development Corporation has been helping to advance the northern B.C. project.

DEASE LAKE, B.C. – The Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) has been recognized as this year’s Top Indigenous Business of the Year for Northern B.C.

The corporation received its award at the 5th Annual Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference in Whitehorse, presented by the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce.

For 30 years the group has played an instrumental role in developing northwest B.C., including the mining and exploration sector in B.C.’s Golden Triangle. The award recognizes Indigenous businesses from Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and northern B.C. that have demonstrated excellence in growth, innovation, marketing, environmental stewardship, outstanding service and a commitment to the preservation of its cultural values and identity.

In the 1980s TNDC helped support the Golden Bear project, providing road construction, settling pond construction and camp services. In the 1990s TNDC assisted the Eskay Mine, providing road, camp and mill construction, site works and concentrate hauling. The housekeeping and catering contract launched TNDC’s camp services division.

From 2010 to 2015 TNDC helped build the Northwest Transmission Line, which is powering projects in B.C.’s Golden Triangle. During this same time, TNDC helped construct the Coast Mountain Hydro hydroelectric projects. Officials noted that today this clean energy infrastructure is enabling mines to reduce their carbon footprint by replacing diesel-fuelled fleet with zero-emissions electric equipment.

Recently TNDC and its partners have been helping to advance Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project and Skeena Resources’ Eskay Creek Revitalization Project. At the Brucejack Mine, TNDC is delivering underground tunnel development, ground support and production services. At the Red Chris Mine, TNDC and its partners are providing among other services, tailings impoundment area construction, air and ground crew transportation, and underground portal construction.

“TNDC is honoured to be receiving this prestigious award. TNDC continues to grow and diversify. We are expanding the provision of fibre optics to the communities of Iskut and Dease Lake, providing critical high-speed internet which will enhance the delivery of healthcare and education,” said Paul Gruner, CEO of TNDC, in a statement.

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