Lands, Resources and Fisheries

TRT Fisheries Department

The core funding for TRT Fisheries Department comes from the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS). This is Federal funding to support TRT involvement in salmon management on the Taku River. For 2019 we have been successful in expanding the scope of projects funded under the AFS program to include TRT involvement in: Tatsatua Sampling, the Coho test fishery and the Taku smolt project.

The Fisheries Department has also been successful at obtaining funding for several proposal-driven projects. These funds come from the Northern Endowment Fund, through the Pacific Salmon Commission.

The TRT Fisheries Department also receives some funding from the Taku Atlin Conservancy (TAC).

Co-existence with bears at the Weir

Mining policy

Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) has developed this Mining Policy to provide greater certainty for parties interested in the extraction of mineral resources from TRTFN Traditional Territory in British Columbia (see Schedule A for map of the Territory).2.

TRTFN is publishing its policy because British Columbia’s legislated process for disposing of surface and subsurface rights in the Territory does not address TRTFN’s participation in decisions regarding mining-related activity.

This Mining Policy explains how TRTFN intends to deal with proposals for mining- related activity in our territory. The Policy is intended to achieve the following specific purposes:

  • Explain the principles on which the TRTFN Government bases its own decisions respecting proposals for mining-related activities in the Territory;
  • Describe TRTFN Government procedures for dealing with proposals for mining-related activities in the Territory;
  • To describe TRTFN’s standards and expectations for mining-related activities and proponents in the Territory;
  • To describe procedures that proponents may use to seek the consent and support of TRTFN Government for mining-related

Hunting/Wildlife management

The Taku River Tlingit have been stewards of the land for time immemorial and continue to be so today. The TRTFN Wildlife Division works within the Lands and Resources division and focuses on the responsible and respectful stewardship of wildlife and ecosystems in TRTFN traditional Territory. TRTFN wishes that hunters in TRTFN traditional Territory are aware and respectful of TRTFN presence and practices.

The Wildlife Division largely operates through the Fish and Wildlife Management Working Group under the Government to Government Agreement with BC. Other areas of collaboration include initiatives with partners in the Southern Lakes area. The core funding is through the Collaborative Stewardship Framework between BC and the 3-Nations. Work done through this initiative includes wildlife inventories and harvest monitoring.

TRTFN works with many different partners to move forward on wildlife issues. Leadership from the Kaska, Tahltan and Tlingit Nations are addressing pressing issues about hunting and wildlife management across the collective territories of the 3-Nations. The focus is to find ways to build new partnerships to monitor and manage activity in our territories. This co-management approach has the potential to increase the effort being made on the ground while also making sure that our Nations are more involved in the process.

If you have any concerns about wildlife or the land, please contact the TRTFN Lands department or the Land Guardians.

Land Guardian Program

For the Taku River Tlingit, giving life to love of land means not just putting lines on a map — that’s just the beginning of the work. Protecting and loving the land means having their people as boots on the ground, looking after it and making sure it remains healthy for future generations. This is the story of the Taku River Tlingit’s visionary plan to protect their lands, and why that matters for all of us. Boreal Conservation


TRT Lands Engagement

The Lands Engagement Officer (LEO) position arose with the signing of the Wóoshtin yan too.aat Land and Resource Management and Shared Decision Making Agreement (‘G2G Agreement’) and the Wooshtin Wudidaa Atlin-Taku Land Use Plan by the TRTFN and BC governments in 2011. Both documents are tightly linked with each other and build the foundation for the working relationship between TRTFN and BC.

The Atlin-Taku Land Use Plan is a policy document that identifies key values on the land as well as goals, objectives, and implementation direction for each of these values. Altogether, it provides greater clarity for all parties involved about where certain land uses can take, under which conditions and to what extent.

The G2G Agreement confirms the commitment of TRTFN and BC to work together respectfully as two governments, as they each consider decisions about land uses in TRTFN traditional territory, and implement the Atlin-Taku Land Use Plan.

One major component of the G2G Agreement is a mutually agreed on Engagement Model, which provides the framework for discussions about land use applications between BC and the TRTFN, specifically TRTFN’s LEO. For any given land use application the LEO is in constant communication with various BC representatives, and ensures that the proposed land use is in line with TRTFN interests and values and complies with the Atlin-Taku Land Use Plan.

Atlin Hydro Expansion Project

One major project currently under review by the TRTFN Lands Department, specifically the Lands Engagement Officer (LEO), and the BC Provincial Government is the Atlin Hydro Expansion Project. The Atlin Hydro Expansion Project (AHEP) is proposed by the TRTFN-owned corporation THELP. It proposes an expansion of hydro energy generation on Pine Creek with the intention to sell 100% of the generated power to Yukon for winter energy.

If you’d like to learn more about the Atlin Hydro Expansion Project, who the proponent is, what the current status of the project review is, and what role TRTFN plays in all this, read more here.


The Lands, Resources and Fisheries Department is happy to present its Spring 2020 Newsletter that outlines its latest projects.


Jackie Caldwell
Mining Officer
250-651-7900 ext. 360
Christine Ziegler
Lands Engagement Officer
250-651-7900 ext. 205
Heritage Coordinator
250-651-7900 ext. 203
Ryan LaPointe
Wildlife Coordinator
250-651-7900 ext. 208
Mark Connor
Fisheries Coordinator
250-651-7900 ext. 320
Jason Williams
Fisheries Field Supervisor
250-651-7900 ext. 223
Rodger Thorlakson
250-651-7900 ext. 204
Hannes Schraft
Land Guardian Program Officer
250-651-7900 ext. 206
Erin Sketchley
Mining Engagement Officer
250-651-7900 ext. 207
Michelle Banhegy
Lands Administrative assistant
250-651-7900 ext. 201
Roberta Shepherd
Heritage Support Assistant
250-651-7900 ext. 106
Alan Alex
Environmental mining officer
250-651-7900 ext. 361