The health and prosperity of the Metlakatla First Nation depends on its capacity to adapt to the changing circumstances of the Northwest Coast region. The Metlakatla Development Corporation - the business arm of the Metlakatla First Nation - is an active participant in economic development opportunities throughout the Prince Rupert area and has partnered with several local and regional businesses to develop successful ventures in areas ranging from transportation, to heavy construction, to tourism.
Alongside these business activities, are the social and environmental standards that govern MDC activities. Major priorities of the Development Corporation are to understand and support the educational requirements of the membership, and to ensure that sustainable development practices addressing social, cultural, economic and environmental factors are applied to all businesses and investments. To ensure social goals are met, MDC supports ongoing capacity development through the First Nations Training and Education Centre, the development of a careers database for membership (http://careers.metlakatla.ca/user), and the provision of training and employment opportunities via its business ventures. MDC staff are also in close contact with the Metlakatla Stewardship Office, with an MDC representative sitting on the Stewardship Society Board. This consistent communication ensures that MDC activities are in line with the environmental standards set by the Stewardship Office.
MDC is a major economic force in the Northwest British Columbia supporting the economic growth of the region, the prosperity of its citizens, and the maintenance of the Tsimshian Culture through its numerous businesses.