Trinity signs with Liard First Nation in Yukon
April 19, 2011, Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Trinity Helicopters has secured a partnership with the Liard First Nation Development Corporation of Watson Lake, Yukon. Trinity will be the exclusive provider of helicopter services for the LFNDC, a member of the Kaska Tribal Council, representing the Kaska Dena people in the Yukon and northern British Columbia – a region expected to see significant exploration.
By Carey Fredericks
“This partnership complements our existing partnership with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, also in the Yukon, and establishes Trinity as a respected and competent industry partner,” says Rob Carroll, President and co‐founder of Trinity Helicopters. “Partnerships like this one allow us to expand our capacity and better serve the North. We now have several partnerships in the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. We are truly a ‘pan territorial’ company.”
Trinity has been successful in securing partnerships across the north because it has operational bases in all three territories. This means that they are on the ground – and in the air – where they’re needed, allowing fast response, better access for clients and lower costs for helicopter services for northern industry. The partnership with the Liard First Nation will pay great dividends for the Kaska Dena people.
“Helicopters are an important tool for exploration in our region. And right now there is a great deal of exploration happening here,” says Liard McMillan, Liard First Nation Chief and LFNDC Board Chair. “As an Aboriginal organization we like the fact that Trinity shares our commitment to Aboriginal people, and is itself Aboriginal‐owned. We like to partner with organizations that share our views and commitment.” McMillan says. “We hope that mining companies will continue to demonstrate their willingness to negotiate commercial terms with first nations, and we can continue our mutually beneficial relationship.”
Trinity Helicopters is a Det’on Cho company. It was established in 2009 by Det’on Cho Corporation and three long‐time northerners, Rob Carroll, Kevin Lang and Geoff Furniss. Combined, the team has an average of 25 years experience in the helicopter industry in the North.
Det’on Cho is the economic development arm of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Established in 1988, the corporation now includes more than twenty subsidiaries, partnerships and joint ventures. Det’on Cho companies provide a full range of services to the northern mining sector including transportation, logistics
and expediting, construction and construction management, and environmental and remediation services.