While spring is the positive season of change, this one has brought a challenge to us all. The coronavirus pandemic is at the forefront of our collective thoughts. The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, communities and everyone we work is a priority. TNDC has been working closely with the Newcrest team and Tahltan leadership to support the initiatives and programs established relating to COVID-19 and provide similar programs and standards for our employees. The goal is to reduce risk to everyone wherever they may be.
Balancing our employment commitments
Mining was declared an essential service by the BC government, so TNDC’s work at Red Chris continues as well as planning for the upcoming work season. While we are unsure when each of the exploration programs will be carried out, our commitment is to ensure the safety of our employees and their families. I thank our employees for their commitment and support.
Strengthening our safety culture
We are continuing to improve our safety culture to meet industry standards, through initiatives, training, support and accountability. Initiatives include updating our Health and Safety Manual and creating a safety, training and development plan for middle management. We are also identifying the safety requirements for positions and supporting our employees in obtaining required certifications. The training of our people will help strengthen our safety program and build the capacity of our employees.
Expanding services at Red Chris
TIA construction will resume in May and road maintenance will transition as the snow melts. When the COVID-19 risk subsides, our camp services contract will be expanded to serve an increase in workers to support this year’s activities onsite. TNDC will also continue providing bus transportation through our NST joint venture and airline support services.
Facilitating employment and training
We have begun filling positions in camp services and heavy construction. TNDC will be resuming our training program at Red Chris to help those new to the workforce gain experience and learn about other careers available at an operating mine. While trades have employed Tahltans for generations, TNDC’s future will also require people in engineering, environmental, forestry, finance and technology. We need to shape the minds of our youth to pursue the education today to fill these positions tomorrow.
Redefining our future
Diversification of our business is essential to weathering short term economic storms and ensuring TNDC’s long term sustainability. Efforts to acquire new contracts and pursue new opportunities are unrelenting. TNDC is progressing plans for aviation, forestry, transportation and fibre optic communications, while other opportunities are in early stages of development. These new opportunities are the foundation of providing future jobs to our youth in other business lines.
Elevating our business practices
Accomplishing these goals, especially during this challenging time, requires the support and contributions of our employees, partners, clients, suppliers, Tahltan leadership and membership. I extend my appreciation to everyone. Working together, we will get through this time and accomplish our goals.
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 QuockManager Finance, Accounting & Administration, TNDC
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 MacGregorFormer VP Canadian Operations - Onshore Energy & Mining, Energy & Resources, Sodexo