Since September 2019 when the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road began construction, there has been an effort to
get as much training for Tłı̨chǫ citizens, especially from the remote communities, as possible. On
Monday, July 13th, another step was taken with the La
Marte Training program being led by Tłı̨chǫ Equipment This has been set up in Whatì and is running
The Director of Engineering, Environmental & Equipment for the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation is Ron Pankratz, and the Asset Manager is Mike Wiebel. They were in Whatì last Monday to kick-off the project. This program is a collaborative success between Tłı̨chǫ Government, Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation, and Kiewit to take advantage of a once in a generation opportunity in the region. Twelve (12) students from across the Tłı̨chǫ region will be trained on civil equipment while constructing the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road between Whatì and the La Martre River (approximately 11 km).
The program is 5 weeks long including in-class in equipment training. It will prepare students to work with on-the-job training. Training and work will be done using TIC equipment; specifically, 3 rock trucks, 2 dozers, 1 grader, 2 excavators, and 1 packer. This training will provide skills which the trainees will be able to use on future projects.
The program will leave a positive legacy of collaboration, economic development, and education. It has been made possible by funding from the federal government’s skills and partnership fund, through Tłı̨chǫ Client Services
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This is just another step this year as the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation is driving new programs and projects for the benefit of all the Tlicho people.
I am very proud of what TIC’s teams are doing to improve the economic development of the Tłı̨chǫ region and making a difference in the communities. Good luck to all the trainees!