Tahltan Central Government
The Tahltan Central Government (TCG) is the central administrative governing body of the Tahltan Nation for the Iskut Band and Tahltan Band. TCG represents approximately 5,000 members of the Tahltan Nation living on- and off-reserve. The purpose of the TCG is, among other things, to define and protect Tahltan inherent aboriginal rights and title, to protect the eco-systems and natural resources of Tahltan traditional territory through pursuing sustainable economic development, and to strengthen the cultural wellness of the Tahltan Community by promoting traditional values based on the concepts of caring, sharing, cooperation, truth, honour, fairness and above all, respect.
The board of the TCG is comprised of one representative from each of the ten Tahltan families; the executive consists of a President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. The executive is elected, for two year terms, at the annual general assembly (AGA) held each summer; the family representatives are nominated by the families each year and elected/ratified at the AGA.
The guiding principle of the Tahltan Central Government remains the Declaration of the Tahltan Tribe. In 1910, as part of a growing movement to assert First Nations rights on the coast and the southern interior of BC, the chief of the Tahltan Nation, Chief Nanok along with 80 other members of the tribe signed the declaration. The document claims sovereignty over Tahltan land and declares any land interests concerning the traditional territory of the Tahltan Nation to be settled directly with the Tahltan people. It represents a legal declaration of rights of Tahltan individuals to the Canadian government and British monarch. Tahltans have yet to extinguish their Aboriginal title by any other legal process. Learn more.
The membership of the Tahltan Nation is drawn primarily from two Indian band communities, each with an elected council:
The Tahltan Band (based at Telegraph Creek). Learn more.
The Iskut Band (based at Iskut). Learn more.
THREAT (Tahltan Heritage Resources Environmental Assessment Team)
THREAT provides project management and technical support to the TCG Lands Department. THREAT’s mission is to: support the protection of Tahltan environmental, social, cultural, heritage and economic interests that may be affected by industrial action in the Tahltan territory; assess potential impacts from new and existing industrial development on Tahltan territory; identify options for avoiding or mitigating impacts; and ensure that Tahltan people are meaningfully involved in permitting processes and project reviews. THREAT supports the TCG Lands Department and the Tahltan leadership by using Tahltan knowledge, experience and science to identify potential impacts to Tahltan interests and providing recommended options to address and mitigate impacts.
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
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