The Sliammon Development Corporation was established in 1995 to oversee economic development opportunities for the Tla’amin Nation. Since it’s inception SDC has expanded into many business arenas including: land development, forestry, aquaculture, retail, hospitality and tourism. You can find more information in our Business Portfolio.
The Tla’amin Nation is now an independent nation transitioning into self governance after the ‘final agreement’ of Treaty was approved on the 12th of July, 2012. The resulting transfer of lands and capital will create many economic opportunities for the Tla’amin people and business partnerships interested in helping us develop our lands. The benefits will come through employment opportunities for members and revenue streams for our government that will be reinvested in further development and infrastructure.
Additionally, the Tla’amin Nation has also engaged in protocol agreements, joint planning, and other initiatives with neighboring jurisdictions in order to strengthen relationships and allow for cooperation and collaboration on projects and initiatives aimed at bolstering economic growth within the region.
Tla’amin has signed a ‘Community Accord‘ as well as a ‘Protocol Agreement on Culture, Heritage and Economic Development‘ with the City of Powell River. Tla’amin has provided input into the City of Powell River’s Official ‘Community Plan’ and has been working collaboratively on a number of economic partnership opportunities with the city. In fact, Tla’amin has partnered directly with the City of Powell River on economic ventures, including joint ownership of several parcels of land within Tla’amin territory and the appointment of 2 directors from the Powell River Regional Economic Development Society to SDC board, and vice-versa.
Tla’amin has also signed a ‘Protocol Agreement for Communication and Cooperation‘ with the Powell River Regional District, and has been working with the district on harmonizing land use planning efforts. Tla’amin meets with the district and the city for quarterly “G2G” meetings to discuss various items of mutual interest to the 3 governments.
Tla’amin has also executed two ‘Protocol Agreements’ with Catalyst Paper, outlining how the two parties will work together. The agreements have lead to a healthy working relationship and the training and hiring of several Tla’amin members at the Catalyst site.
Last but not least, Tla’amin Nation has executed ‘Protocol Agreements’ with each of the neighboring First Nations with which it has overlapping traditional territories. All of this work and these agreements ensure necessary communication, collaboration and information sharing among the parties and provide the certainty that makes Tla’amin territory attractive to investors.
The Sliammon Development Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 3 Council liaisons, 4 community elected seats, and 3 Board appointments that consist of various business professionals and other highly skilled or experienced individuals.
The aim of the Sliammon Development Corporation is to generate revenue streams to foster the economic and social betterment of Tla’amin people according to our Taow (teachings). Sliammon Development Corporation is committed to establishing a strong economic foundation and providing effective management of Tla’amin assets and resources through in-depth planning, strong leadership and administration, and strategic partnerships.
To be leaders in sustainable business in the region
To create responsible and profitable business enterprises
- Discipline (Klossum qwygon)
Focus on the hard work necessary to ensure the best outcome for all.
- Fairness (Thah uth xwen)
Fair dealing and equal opportunity.
- Honesty (Ganuxwet)
Be truthful, sincere and transparent.
- Integrity (Tiy hegon metam)
Earn trust and confidence through actions to build a credible reputation.
- Respect (Tees tahm)
Honor our Ancestors and our connection to the land and a sustainable future for our children.
- Sharing (Ah ah thum)
Interdependence, cooperation, and partnership are what give us the strength to achieve great things together.