About – Mining
Jobs in the Resource Industry
The Resource Industry is the main supplier of jobs in Tahltan Territory.
The industry offers Tahltans–no matter where they live–the opportunity to build a rewarding career. The Tahltan Nation and industry working in our Territory will support your training and education with scholarships, bursaries, apprenticeships, summer and co-op jobs, as you earn a post-secondary education. The options are limitless.
Tahltan Territory is in the Golden Triangle, a region of enormous mineral wealth. Mining is part of our culture. For thousands of years, we prospected and mined obsidian. We turned the obsidian into essential tools and an important trading resource. Obsidian artifacts have been found thousands of kilometers away, hinting at the immense trade network and its high value.
In the late 1800’s, Tahltan supported miners during the gold rush. We are a sophisticated mining Nation, now with generations of experience in the modern industry.
Today, Tahltan Territory is home to approximately 41% of BC’s exploration activities, 6.3% of Canada’s, and 0.9% of the world’s. In 2019, exploration expenditures on projects in Tahltan Territory were estimated at over $135.5 million. Production values for active mines in the Territory were estimated to be over $817 million.
Two mines currently operate in Tahltan Territory.
Red Chris Mine
Link to website: https://www.newcrest.com/our-assets/red-chris
Date of operation: Feb 2015–present
Lifetime of mine: 28+ years
Nearly 500 people are employed at Red Chris, including 137 members of the Tahltan Nation.
Entry level jobs available include Environmental Technician, Equipment Operator, Accounts Payable Professional, Intermediate Accountant, Administrator/Junior Planner, and Mill Operator Trainee.
Fields and Positions Breakdown
|Overall||Staff Positions||Production Positions|
Tahltan Employees at Red Chris Mine as of October 2, 2019.
Link to website: https://www.pretivm.com/brucejack/overview/default.aspx
Date of operation: Mid 2017-present
Lifetime of mine: 18+ years
Number of employees: 425
The operating mine is on Nisga’a Territory but the access road passes through Tahltan Territory and Tahltan Members receive preferential hiring.
Most ongoing opportunities are in the Kitchen and Housekeeping.
Types of jobs available, see: https://www.pretivm.com/careers/ongoing-opportunities/default.aspx
Pretivm Tahltan Employees February 2020
|Employees||Job Title||Department||Employment Type|
|1||Journeyman Welder Fabricator||Mill Maintenance||Permanent|
|1||Mill Operator – Flotation||Mill Operations||Permanent|
|1||Mill Operator 2 – Refinery||Mill Operations||Permanent|
|2||Mill Operator 3||Mill Operations||Permanent|
|1||Heavy Equipment Operator 2||Surface Operations||Permanent|
|1||Heavy Duty Mechanic||Surface Maintenance||Permanent|
|1||Lead Mechanic||Surface Maintenance||Permanent|
|1||Mine Surveyor||Technical Services||Permanent|
|1||General Kitchen Helper||Catering||Permanent|
|2||Surface Labourer||Surface Operations||Permanent|
Tahltan Employees at Brucejack. There are currently 36 Tahltan working at Brucejack, 22 Tahltan work with Underground Mine contractor PROCON, and 14 Tahltan work directly for Pretivm.
Many other companies work in Tahltan Territory and a number of them respect, and meaningfully engage with the Tahltan Nation. The following companies have Communications and Engagement Agreements with TCG, and actively seek Tahltan Employees.
Here are a few companies looking to hire Tahltans
For more information, please see the 2020 Industry Review
How entry level jobs lead to a career
In the resource industry, on the job training opportunities are commonplace. This means entry level jobs often lead directly to highly skilled and highly paid positions, including opportunities to move within and across departments.
Check out this Career guide:
There’s a wealth of information and further resources online. Here are just a few:
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/re-awakening-golden-triangle/ https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mining-builds-british-columbia/ https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mining-moves-british-columbia/
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