Regional Economic Development Plan
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in is partnering with several community groups to deliver nine projects resulting from regional economic development planning identified in TH’s Final Agreement.
This community-based economic development aims to benefit the entire community with a focus on the “big picture”, including all industries, businesses, and community residents. The goals are to promote
- sustainable well-paying jobs,
- local benefits from major development projects,
- a year-round business and employment base,
- quality infrastructure,
- available and affordable housing,
- sustainable population growth, and
- a high quality of life.
The TH Final Agreement involves and affects the whole community.
Check out the information below on the Business Advisory Service available to the community, and stay tuned for information on other projects.
Business Advisory Service
Mission: To support the development of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen owned and staffed businesses; and to support the efforts of private sector innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and business to generate wealth and employment.
Do you have a business idea and are not sure where to start? Are you looking for funding to start a business? Are you interested in participating in heritage tourism in TH Traditional Territory?
The Cottongrass Consulting Group (CCG) has been hired by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH) to provide a business advisory service aimed at benefitting the entire community. Dan Beaulieu, an employee of the CCG, will offer business counseling and other advisory services free of charge, including:
- Client needs assessments
- Market research, marketing strategies and business planning
- Financial projections
- Advice on sources of business financing and services
- Assistance preparing applications to commercial lenders, funding and training agencies
- Business management
- Training plans
Dan will also assist interested TH citizens develop heritage tourism businesses through a pilot program of support services to potential entrepreneurs in this area. This service is also free.
Dan’s office is located upstairs in the CIBC building, on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Queen Street. Drop by, make an appointment or make arrangements for him to come and see you. He can be reached at (867) 993-3011 or by email at .
Hän Ghà Chukèt Trëtätsey (Market by the River)
Dawson City Artists’ Market
The pilot season of the Dawson City Artists’ Market was a success and the market will be back again in summer 2014. The market saw 18 individuals participate over eight Saturdays, selling a range of arts and crafts including jewellery, pottery, paintings, drawings, prints, clothing, hats, natural oils and salves, embroidery, beading and carvings. Elders Percy Henry and Angie Joseph-Rear helped refine the Hän language name for the market: Hän Ghà Chukèt Trëtätsey (Market by the River) and this reflects the role of TH in creating the market, and its location on TH Traditional Territory.
The market was administered by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) with support and assistance from Across the River Consulting, the City of Dawson, and many Dawson-based artists, small business owners and patrons of the arts.
Are you an artist or crafter? Do you have work you’d like to sell? Use this winter to prepare and be ready for the first market next summer! Suggestions and feedback are welcome. Please email or call TH Communications at 993-7136 to share your ideas.