Training Opportunities

Tahltan Chef Red Seal Training Program

The Tahltan Chef Red Seal Training Program (TCFSTP) is an intensive six-month, hands-on culinary training program to help develop the knowledge and skills of chef trainees, preparing them with the tools to challenge the Red Seal chef certified exam. TCFSTP is open to members of the Tahltan Nation and select employees of Spatsizi Remote Services (SRS) who are currently working towards their Red Seal chef certification.

The training is provided by Sodexo Canada, under the guidance of top Canadian Red Seal-certified chefs, and carried out at an operating culinary training centre in Ontario that offers the volume and diversity across every department a red seal chef needs to learn, including bakery, banquet and restaurant.

The Red Seal Program is the Canadian standard of excellence for skilled trades, including culinary, and is an accreditation granted by the federal government that is administered by the provinces. Tradespeople who meet the Red Seal standards receive a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial/territorial trade certificates.

TCRSTP is a partnership between TNDC and Sodexo Canada, which provides comprehensive, integrated solutions covering a wide range of services in a variety of working and living environments. SRS is a division of TNDC that provides camp services through a long-term partnership with Sodexo Canada.

To learn more about the Tahltan Chef Red Seal Training Program and how to qualify, contact Edward VanMierlo, SRS vice president by email

TahltanWorks Employment & Training Plan

The TahltanWorks employment and training plan connects Tahltan people with employment and training opportunities to advance their career goals. The plan is designed to ensure Tahltans are prepared to take advantage of employment and business opportunities created by development in Tahltan territory. It's an initiative of the Socio-Cultural Working Group and result of collaboration between Tahltans, industry, education providers and government. 

TahltanWorks is one component of the plan, with the dual purpose of connecting employees with employers, and collecting information for further strategy development. Other components include upgrades to educational infrastructure, development of accessible and career-driven training programs, and partnerships with industry geared towards creating inclusive workplaces that are respectful of Tahltan culture and traditions.

  • We established the Tahltan Macro Industries Joint Venture with TNDC in 2009. Macro is very satisfied with the relationship we have with TNDC. The company has a reputation of being a solid and reputable business corporation, that emphasizes value added partnerships and business developments. We look forward to working with TNDC in future opportunities.
    Darcy Friesen
    Manager of Business Development & Special Projects, Macro Industries
  • We formed our Tahltan Aeronigma Geodis Wilson partnership in 2011. It’s been an honour to partner with TNDC for the opportunity to provide our wide-range of global logistical services and be a part of a world class organization built on mutual cooperation, trust and respect. They’re a terrific group of educated, business friendly people eager to learn and work with us.
    Adam J. Wickstead
    President, Aeronigma Solutions Inc.
  • We worked with TNDC on the Galore Creek mining project and the Northwest Transmission Line, providing heavy lift helicopter services. It made good business sense to get involved with the Nation, so we formed Tahltan Helifor Joint Venture in 2011. After meeting Bill Adsit, I knew we had made the right decision. We have had only positive experiences and look forward to continued collaboration.
    Gary Laidlaw
    President & General Manager, Helifor Canada Corp.
  • Sodexo Canada has been a partner with TNDC since 2002, providing complete camp management through Spatsizi Remote Services. During this time we have worked on many projects, and employed many Tahltan members. It’s been very positive, and the business relationships have formed long lasting personal and business friendships.
    Ivor MacGregor
    Vice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
  • We’ve had many projects in Tahltan territory through our Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC) partnership, and the experience has been excellent. TNDC’s management team has been an honorable and knowledgeable group to work with. They always look at ways to make things work, and we have developed lasting friendships. It’s been an honour to work together.
    Clem Pelletier
    former CEO, Rescan Group
  • TNDC is a great place to work. The atmosphere in the office is friendly, open, and honest, and there is always humour and laughter. I like that TNDC maintains an active approach of hiring locally and offers training within that position. Employees are highly encouraged and supported to advance professionally, which ripples into advancing personally as well.
    Rhonda Quock
    Finance & Administration Manager, TNDC