June 11, 2018 will mark my 6th month in office here at Xatśūll Development Corporation (XDC). As of May 1, 2018, the company has welcomed me on-board full-time; this was the whole purpose of the wage-subsidy program through WorkBC – to land the client full-time employment, it has been a success.
Business activities are starting to pick-up after the winter/spring seasons. Most recently, May 8-10, 2018 I attended Aboriginal Marketplace’s RezGas/RezTech 2018 Conference at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C. There was a total of 141 delegates in attendance, with a total of 23 exhibitors that had focus on the Fuel, Energy, Information Technology (IT) and Retail/Sales Industries. If any members are interested in seeing material, obtain contact information or read presentations by various companies, I have that all here to share if anyone is interested.
Post break-up season which is very soon if not now, XDC will be commencing our salvage burned wood harvesting on IR#2 (Deep Creek Reserve) in partnership with Tracy Ilnicki’s – Jatco Timber Limited. 164.7 hectares will be harvested in total over the three blocks on reserve. We have acquired several resumes to-date from community members, other First Nations as well as non-First Nation applicants. XDC and Jatco Timber will do it’s best to hire locally keeping the benefits in the community.
On a quarterly basis we, XDC and Soda Creek Indian Band (SCIB) meet with both Gibraltar and Mount Polley through an implementation committee (IC) meeting. From an economic standpoint, we (XDC) can always be asking/demanding for more. There is always room for expansion. Congratulations to Wilfred Phillips! He has been at Gibraltar Mines 14 years; I think that is an amazing amount of time to work for any company and I am sure it has helped him and his family do well. In my heart; I want to help create more of those stories for our people, not jobs – careers. One is a step to getting to the next.
On the office management side of things here at XDC, I have mostly taken care of all incoming and outgoing correspondence, developing a network with the people that we are or will be doing business in the present or near future. XDC has major potential and that puts us in a positive position in terms of doing business. Every week’s end, I prepare a Top 10 to submit to the CEO, Brad Klock. It is composed of all our business activities set up in priority, which has grown into a Top 50 in five months. Up front and personal, I love what I am doing here in the community; for the Nations, for XDC, it is exactly what I was designed for.
A friendly reminder to check out our website at www.xatsulldevelopment.com; also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/xatsulldevelopment/. Community feedback is important to us, please feel free to share any ideas, comments or concerns with us because it helps us to improve here at XDC.