TNDC eNews - May 2017
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In this spring edition of the TNDC eNews, we're sharing a highlight of our news, developments and initiatives since the beginning of the year. It includes a progress update from our CEO and shares media coverage we have obtained in industry publications. We invite you to read our news and , as always,   welcome your feedback .

Since joining the company this past January, I have continued to be impressed by the commitment and calibre of TNDC's employees and stakeholders. I have been focussed on developing relationships with Tahltan leadership, TNDC partners and other stakeholders. A new strategic plan has been developed, and TNDC is making progress in several areas to positively contribute to development in Tahltan territory. We saw exciting headway with contracts on mining projects and powering up our first commercial fibre customer in partnership with our business partners. TNDC remains committed to ensuring the Tahltan Nation benefits from resource and industrial development occurring in Tahltan territory, while exploring new opportunities to diversify our service offering and embracing an innovative, progressive mindset to ensure TNDC's long-term sustainable growth .   Read more
Peter Arendt, P.Eng., CEO

Together with our partner Arrow Transportation (an industry leader in bulk commodity hauling), TNDC achieved its first contract with JDS Silver's Silvertip Mine, hauling zinc concentrate via the Tahltan Arrow joint venture. Under the contract, Tahltan Arrow is hauling two loads a day from the bottom of the mine site west of Watson Lake, near the Yukon-British Columbia border down Highway 37 to Stewart Bulk Terminals in Stewart. The concentrate is being hauled in special Super B units with a side tipper for unloading and nine axles to support the weight. Under the initial one-year contract, Tahltan Arrow will haul an estimated 25,000 tonnes of concentrate Read more
Tahltan Arrow Super B concentrate hauling truck 
Tahltech Drilling, TNDC's partnership with Geotech Drilling Services, completed its first drilling services contract in Tahltan territory, on Imperial Metals' Red Chris property. Tahltech provided hydrogeological and geological drilling services, using sonic drilling methods. The drilling program provided geologists with soil cores of the overburden soils, and facilitated the installation of wells, to allow long term environmental monitoring of groundwater around the mine site and its facilities. The project demonstrates the advantage of the combined local expertise and strength of the two companies. It is an excellent example of the full-range of services that can be provided in collaboration to benefit the resource development and mining industry.  Read More
Tahltech drill on its first contract
Tahltan Fibre (TNDC's fibre optics company) connected its first industrial customer, turning up high-speed fibre optic service to AltaGas' Forrest Kerr run of river hydroelectric project in partnership with Northwestel through our Tahltan River Communications partnership. The fibre optic technology is providing fast, reliable communications, enabling AltaGas to monitor the project remotely. The project transitioned from satellite microwave technology, which is more expensive and highly susceptible to connectivity interruptions. While this new fibre optic connection relies on Northwestel's microwave system in Iskut, by utilizing the TNDC fibre from Iskut to the site, the reduced risk of an additional microwave required to feed the site means less downtime and faster speeds for the client.  Read More
Fibre optic line bringing reliable high speed communication
Tahltech Drilling Services' first contract, on the Red Chris Mine property, has been profiled in the April/May edition of Resource World Magazine. In addition to sharing details about the work taking place - hydrogeological and geological drilling services using sonic drilling methods - the article highlights the employment and training opportunities the partnership will be working to deliver to Tahltan members. The article also highlights the positive relationship Geotech Drilling Services has established with the Tahltan Nation
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Tahltech Drilling profiled in May Resource World Magazine
The TNDC office team donned pink to take a stand against bullying on Pink Shirt Day on February 22, 2017, supporting a Canada-wide initiative. Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the internet. On Pink Shirt Day Canadians across the country at work and schools wear pink t-shirts to symbolize that as a society we will not tolerate bullying. The initiative shows victims of bullying they are not alone, there are people who care, and there is help and support. Proceeds from t-shirt purchases fund programs that support children's healthy self-esteem organizations to teach children empathy, compassion and kindness towards both others and themselves.  Read more
2017 Pink Shirt Day Anti-Bullying Campaign T-shirt
Tahltech Drilling Services, TNDC's partnership with Geotech Drilling, was profiled in the February 2017 edition of Canadian Mining & Energy Magazine. The article details the range of and specialized services Geotech provides, its extensive experience in challenging conditions, excellent safety record and commitment to working in partnership with First Nations. It also emphasizes the advantages the partnership will bring to companies exploring in Tahltan territory.  Read more
Tahltech profiled in Canadian Mining & Energy Magazine
Dease Lake residents and commercial businesses can now participate in waste management recycling as part of a pilot project being led by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in cooperation with  other government agencies. Cardboard, paper, newspaper, magazines, glass, plastic and metal food, cleaning and household containers are among the items that can be recycled at the Dease Lake landfill. TNDC is pleased to participate in this important program, which will help reduce our corporate environmental footprint. As the recycling system gains momentum, it will increase recycling and composting opportunities in the community, reducing landfill volumes and environmental impacts. Moving forward, the project team will be examining in more depth how commercial waste is managed.  Read more
Recycling stations at the Dease Lake landfill
TNDC was pleased to participate in the annual Tahltan Employment Fair, held March 31 and April 1 in Dease Lake. This annual event brings together community members from throughout Tahltan territory to learn about employment opportunities. Approximately 100 people attended. TNDC was one of  20 organizations that participated, which included exploration, mining, construction and supply companies, post-secondary institutions and the RCMP, sharing information about their companies and the types of employment and training opportunities they offer.  The event enabled TNDC to connect with Tahltan members, our business partners and mining resource companies involved in exploration, development and mine operations Read more
TNDC Booth at the 2017 Tahltan Employment Fair
Jerry Asp, TNDC's first President and CEO (from 1985 to 1993) and a prominent western Canadian Indigenous leader was recognized with the 2017 Inspire Award in the Business and Commerce category. The Indspire Awards honour extraordinary Indigenous People, recognizing professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement, and represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers. Jerry was recognized for his commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Indigenous peoples through the creation of new business opportunities and development of skills and capacity within Indigenous communities, as well as his proud Indigenous culture and ties to the land.  Read more
Jerry Asp, TNDC's first President
In January each year, the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia holds its annual Roundup conference in Vancouver. It brings together stakeholders in the exploration and mining industry, including mine operators, developers, explorers, service providers, equipment suppliers and government officials. For TNDC, Roundup serves as a valuable opportunity to meet with the various stakeholders who are active in Tahltan territory. TNDC hosts an annual private reception during Roundup that brings our management, board and Tahltan leadership together with our stakeholders. The function is very important in strengthening partnerships and building relationships. This year's reception served as an opportunity to introduce new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Arendt, and thank outgoing CEO Garry Merkel. Read more
TNDC's Annual Roundup Reception fosters business development
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