Tahltan recognized for business excellence

Tahltan Nation Development Corp. score aboriginal business award

Tahltan underground miners. | Submitted

The Tahltan Nation Development Corp. (TNDC) has been recognized for its business excellence with an award at the Fifth Annual Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference.

The TNDC last night received the Top Indigenous Business of the Year for Northern BC.

The award recognizes Indigenous businesses from Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Northern BC for excellence in growth, innovation, marketing, environmental stewardship, and commitment to the preservation of cultural values.

“TNDC is honoured to be receiving this prestigious award,” said TNDC CEO Paul Gruner. “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.”

“In 2021 TNDC partnered with the Province, Newcrest Mining, Regional District of Kitimat Stikine, Newmont, Teck Resources, Seabridge Gold and Skeena Resources to upgrade the Dease Lake Airport, allowing for among other things, a significant reduction in medevac times.

“Now the operator, TNDC is likely the only example in BC where an Indigenous organization oversees a provincial airport. With several strategic business plans in the works, TNDC will continue to be a major player in creating growth and prosperity in Northern BC.”

To learn more about the Tahltan have become major players in mining and other business ventures, see BIV’s recent profile on the Tahltan First Nation and their business ventures.