The Lac La Ronge Indian Band has used sound business principles to grow these past 4 decades. The initial seed called Kitsaki was planted in 1981. It was and is governed by the belief that hard work can improve any economic situation.
Kitsaki takes advantage of opportunities where we have a competitive advantage. We are fortunate to have over 11,000 hard working band members in communities across Northern Saskatchewan. Those band members know about the riches that are in the area. The Chief and Council, who form the majority of Kitsaki’s board of directors, know that a successful business can benefit employees, customers, suppliers, governments and owners.
Kitsaki contributes to members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and all stakeholders by helping the Northern Saskatchewan mining industry. The mining industry needed their products trucked and Northern Resource Trucking (NRT) handled that; miners need to eat and Athabasca Catering handles that; the environment needs to be protected and Canada North Environmental Services monitors that. Kitsaki continued to branch out as Northern developments need powerlines and those powerlines need vegetation management to be reliable, so Kitsaki Vegetation Management was created. Business employees need pension and benefits provided and First Nations Insurance provides that service. These businesses take on a life of their own and we now have business operations in several provinces from Ontario to BC serving industrial developments across Canada and we plan on growing and growing.
Vision, Mission and Principles
We are leaders in building profitable business enterprises for training and employment.
To build a diverse network of businesses to improve the economic future for the members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, other Aboriginal people, and all other stakeholders.
Our Key Commitments
- We shall encourage and support education and training for people to prepare themselves for employment and economic opportunities.- We shall maintain a diverse group of profitable enterprises, allowing Kitsaki the flexibility to adapt to evolving markets.
- We shall maximize Aboriginal employment in Kitsaki and Band enterprises through a “training oriented” work environment.
- We shall develop the resources of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Traditional Lands according to the principles of sustainability, environmental protection, multiple use of resources, preservation of traditional activities, and public participation and consultation.
- We shall maintain and support Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge that provides value-added advantages to the Kitsaki group of businesses.
Our Key Principles
We respect all cultures, traditions, values, and beliefs.
We shall maintain profitable businesses to achieve our goals.
To responsibly manage Traditional Lands and Resources as a heritage for future generations.
We are responsible for our business decisions.
We are open, honest, and transparent.
We balance politics with good corporate governance.