- Why Challenger
- Why Challenger
Challenger Geomatics is taking the next step in our relationship with the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation (LSCFN) by signing a new Business and Support Agreement with its development corporation. LSCFN has been a long-term client with our Whitehorse team providing ongoing survey and mapping support for community development over the last several years, and we are excited to be moving the relationship forward.
“Challenger has formed very productive relationships with several Yukon First Nations and continues to see new opportunities as a result of working collaboratively with our partners.” Paul Burbidge, Challenger Geomatics’ President and CEO, is a northerner and regularly sees the impacts on remote communities. “Providing training, jobs and building capacity demonstrates our long-term commitment and contributes to the type of sustainable development they wish to attract.”
In the past, Challenger Geomatics has supported LSCFN with the creation of lots, subdivisions and consulted on future development. We have also participated in community mapping to support emergency response planning as well as local LiDAR / UAV mapping.
Carmacks Development Corporation (CDC) is the business arm of LSCFN and actively working with numerous partners to advance economic development opportunities within the LSCFN Traditional Territory. Negotiated partnership agreements are meant to ensure its citizens benefit from major developments in the area like the Gateway Project, Casino Mine, Mount Nansen Remediation Project and others. As part of this joint venture, Challenger is committing to profit-sharing as well as using local businesses and hiring local people whenever possible.
Ron Gartshore, Carmacks Development Corporation CEO, explains “many of the opportunities coming up now have sustainability at their core. Preserving the environment is an important part of that, but sustainability is also about the people working on these projects. Investing in good jobs and training for communities like Carmacks allows us to provide better services and ensure the needs of LSCFN citizens are looked after well into the future.”
This joint venture enables greater local participation in geomatics activities occurring on LSCFN traditional lands and is the 8th formal business relationship that Challenger has established with an Indigenous partner.
To learn more about our other indigenous partnerships, you can find more information here.
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