On a cold day last March, six members of the North Peace Tribal Council (NPTC) at High Level, Alberta, arrived at Anahim Lake, a remote community in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia, and home to the Tsi Del Del logging operation.
For over 25 years, the Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek First Nation) have worked in partnership with Tolko to build a logging model that’s created more than 85 well-paying jobs, most of which are for First Nations workers, and a trail of related owner-operator businesses. For the NPTC, the trip was a chance to see firsthand how a recognized and successful partnership between industry and an Indigenous group works.
We are particularly proud of this enduring partnership.
On June 21, as our country celebrates National Aboriginal Day, we recognize and celebrate the rich heritage, culture, and contributions of Canada’s Indigenous people. At Tolko, this day is also an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to working with First Nations and Métis people in the communities we serve, the way we do at Tsi Del Del.
Through consultation, openness, transparency and shared goals, we’re able to explore interests and create sound opportunities that benefit everyone.
Over the years, Tolko has been fortunate to work with several First Nations and Métis groups across Western Canada. We have always endeavoured to work with these communities on the basis of mutual understanding, respect and trust, and with a recognition of each community’s distinct values and traditions. We are fortunate to have had the chance to learn about each unique culture and to call so many our friends and partners.
As we approach summer solstice and the day on which Aboriginal people have celebrated their culture and heritage for generations, we ask you to partake in a National Aboriginal Day event and take time throughout the year to learn more about their outstanding contributions to this land.