National Aboriginal History Month: Tahltan Band
The Tahltan Band Council represents the Tahltan communities of Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek. Located in northwestern BC, the Tahltan territory encompasses about 93,500 km2 and extends from the Alaskan/Canadian border to the upper Nass tributaries and from the western half of the Stikine Plateau to parts of the Yukon Territory. Tahltan culture places heavy value on wellness and the idea of harmony between mind, body, and spirit. Our Managing Director, Rob Mcphee is from Dease Lake and is a member of the Tahltan Nation.
Currently, Castlemain’s Governance and Policy team are facilitating the Tahltan Band Council’s Land Code process along with planning and implementing a communications strategy to ensure adequate community engagement throughout the process. This exciting work is moving towards a community ratification vote where community members will have the decision in accepting their own Land Code. If the community chooses to accept their own Land Code they would be replacing the 32 land management sections of the Indian Act and will set their own guidelines for how their reserve lands and resources are controlled and managed.
Recently, our Lands team helped facilitate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Tahltan Band Council and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine. This MOU was signed to further explore ways to develop Indian Reserve 13 (IR13), a parcel of land in Tahltan territory that could potentially lead to economic opportunities for the Tahltan Nation.