ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Doing Business in Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Territory: Tsetsaut Skii km Lax Ha Economic Development Corporation (“TSKLH EDC”)

The Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation is located in Bowser, in northwest British Columbia. We are a proud, self-sustaining community with a long history and deep cultural roots in the territory. There is a significant amount of economic activity taking place within our territory through a wide range of industries, including logging, mining and mining exploration, and hydro-electric power projects, activity which is being harnessed by the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation.

For example, part of the famous Golden Triangle is found within the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation’s territory. The Golden Triangle is located in northwestern corner of British Columbia, adjacent to Alaska’s panhandle and the town of Stewart. It is one of the most prolific mining areas in the Canadian Cordillera and activity in the area has dramatically increased with the discovery of a world-class gold deposit by Pretium Resources at their Brucejack Project, which has entered the production phase. Currently dozens of companies are performing all phases of exploration in the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation’s territory, many fairly advanced. Supporting the favourable geology containing a wide range of mineral deposits is the town of Stewart, with its year-round, ice free, ocean port at the head of the Portland Canal. The area has excellent road access and the high-voltage Northwest Transmission line provides low cost power for companies operating within the Golden Triangle.

As a result of the significant economic activity occurring within its territorial boundaries, the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation has become a leader in working collaboratively with industry, and holds a long established and successful record of strong relationship building with various industry and resource based companies working in our territory.


Given the importance of positive relationships with industry, and its impact on the community, the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation has established the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Economic Development Corporation to work with industry and government agencies to coordinate review of, consultation, and engagement for, development proposals within Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha territory. The Economic Development Corporation works with proponents and government agencies to ensure the Nation’s values are respected at all stages of the project, and will enter into consultation and accommodation negotiations when proponents seek to develop projects in our territory. In particular, the Economic Development Corporation ensures the following:

  • Respond to government agency requests for consultation
  • Investment and management of economic resources
  • Business development
  • Industry relations
  • Negotiation of Impact Management and Benefit Agreements
  • Development referrals
  • Negotiate Right of Way Agreements

Working with Us: the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Economic Development Corporation

The Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Economic Development Corporation was formed to foster the development of sustainable economies for the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation. It is the business investment and development arm of the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation, and was established to plan and develop economic ventures. The goal of the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Economic Development Corporation is to keep Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation members informed on economic development activities in our territory, and to engage with the members in a meaningful way. Through this website, Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation members and the general public can access information regarding the activities taking place in our territory, as well as business opportunities.

The Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Economic Development Corporation seeks strategic partners to establish business relationships, partnerships, and joint ventures that will secure projects to benefit the TSKLH Nation by:

  • Providing business opportunities for Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation members;
  • Providing skills, training and employment opportunities for the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation’s members and their businesses; and
  • Generating short and long term revenues that flow to the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation’s members.

The Tsetsaut Skii km Lax Ha Economic Development Corporation is mindful that the Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha Nation’s way of life depends upon protecting the environmental aspects of our territory, which include the land, water, wildlife and vegetation within our territory.