Community Description

Metlakatla village is a progressive community, located 5km north of Prince Rupert, on an ancient site - occupied for thousands of years by the Metlakatla people. It is a member of the greater Tsimshian people, and has relied on the ocean as well as the temperate rainforests as its primary economic resource, sustainably, since time immemorial.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Independent &Tsimshian First Nations Treaty Society

Economic Development Background

The health and prosperity of the Metlakatla First Nation depends on its capacity to adapt to the changing circumstances of the Northwest Coast Region. The Metlakatla Development Corporation - the business arm of the Metlakatla First Nation - is an active participant in economic development opportunities throughout the Prince Rupert area and has partnered with several local and regional businesses to develop successful ventures in areas ranging from transportation to heavy construction to tourism.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

The Metlakatla Development Corporation currently oversees the operations of the following businesses: MDC Businesses:
-Metlakatla Ferry Service
-North Co Corp
-Grassy Bay PetroCanada
-Coastal Shellfish Corporation
-Gat Leedm Logistics
-Coast Tsimshian Resources
Metlakatla has also engaged in numerous agreements with the LNG industry and with the Provincial government in relation to LNG developments in the region.

Community Details:

North Coast
Tsimpsean; Meaning "A Passage Connecting Two Bodies Of Salt Water"
Skeena (Smithers)
7740.7 hectares

Contact Details:

Marie Skidmore Executive Director
(250) 628-3234 ext. 2002
(250) 628-9205
P.O. Box 459 Prince Rupert, BC, Canada V8J 3R2
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