Economic Development

Economic Development Department

The Lheidli T’enneh Economic Development Department develops, implements, and manages economic opportunities and strategies.  Working with Council, the Lheidli Economic Development Department focuses on projects that benefit the Lheidli Band and its members with respect to the values and needs of those same members. 

With 4.5 million hectares of land under Title and Rights, many of these economic development opportunities are tied closely to Lheidli T’enneh land (mining, logging, etc.)  In 2019, the Natural Resources Department was created and became its own department separate from Economic Development in order to focus on the referral process specifically for activities taking place on the land.  Staff from both departments continue to work closely together however in order to develop potential business opportunities that align with Lheidli T’enneh values and knowledge systems.


Partnerships are the foundation of any economic development opportunity. These partnerships consist of funders, service providers, consultants, and education.  By working together and sharing information and resources, these partners can help leverage opportunities for all those involved. 

Lheidli’s timber harvesting company, LTN, the largest timber harvesting contractor in the Prince George area, is a joint venture with Roga Contracting Ltd.

Lheidli’s resource management activities include fisheries management in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and forestry management in partnership with Ainsworth Lumber, Canfor, the BC Ministry and Forests and Lands.

Lheidli delivers government health, education, social services, road maintenance and other programs in partnership with Health Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and BC Ministry of Children and Families.

Lheidli T’enneh also has important partnerships with the City of Prince George; the Regional District of Fraser Fort George; and the Prince George Airport Authority.

Please note the above is not an exhaustive list and may include additional partners.  Lheidli T’enneh welcomes proposals to partner in economic development initiatives.  If you are an interested investor, please contact our Executive Director at 250-963-8451,


UNDRIP stands for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Adopted by the General Assembly in 2007, this resolution states that:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to practise and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artefacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature.”  

The UN website describes this declaration in more detail.  

Officially adopted by the Province of BC in 2019, UNDRIP provides additional support and guidance for sustainable activities that take place on unceded Lheidli T’enneh territory. 


Recognised in the UNDRIP, Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a specific right that pertains to indigenous peoples.  It allows them to give or withhold consent to a project that may affect them or their territories. Once they have given their consent, they can withdraw it at any stage. Furthermore, FPIC enables them to negotiate the conditions under which the project will be designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated.  This is also embedded within the universal right to self-determination.

This framework of consent is intended to establish a foundation of understanding for proponents wishing to partner with Lheidli T’enneh.  According to FPIC’s website:

Economic Development and Natural Resources Departments Coordinator

Emmanuel Ogwal

Emmanuel Ogwal is the Economic Development and Natural Resources Departments Coordinator for Lheidli T’enneh Nation. In his role, Emmanuel coordinates all economic development and natural resources activities at Lheidli T’enneh assigned to him by the Chief and Council through the Executive Director. He engages in regular scheduled strategic meetings, negotiations, and advises Lheidli T’enneh Administration and Leadership under the direction of the Executive Director. He also reviews proposed economic development and natural resources strategic partnerships with the collective guidance of the Lheidli Administration, Professional Consultants, and Legal Counsel to ensure that the nation achieves its strategic development plan goals.

Emmanuel has recently completed his Professional Data Science Certification from the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo (2021).  In this professional certification, his projects focused mainly on statistical, econometrics, and machine learning (ML) algorithm modelling: with accomplished projects spanning- Machine Learning (ML) predication of Energy use in Portugal, Cluster Modelling of Energy Consumption in Europe, and Prediction of Diamonds prices. Prior to this, Emmanuel had completed his Masters of Arts (M.A) Degree in Development Economics from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC, 2020). During his M.A., Emmanuel’s research focused on Predicting Out of Pocket Healthcare Expenditures in Canada’s 10 Provincial Regions by Socioeconomic Statuses (a project he conducted under a deemed employment with Statistics Canada). Additionally, he had also previously completed training in advanced professional econometrics modelling from Sciences Po (Paris, France). Prior to this training, Emmanuel had completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Economics (BSc.QE) from Makerere University (2015). Under his BSc.QE program, Emmanuel’s research focused on Predicting Crop Commercialization Index among Maize Crop Growers in Northern Uganda.  Similarly, Emmanuel possesses valuable training in Project Planning and Management (PPM), and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

He has over 8 years of professional experience in the government, industry, and the academia, prior to joining the Lheidli Nation. He worked as an incoming Senior Economist with the Government of British Columbia, as a Team Lead and Senior Business Analyst with PivotLeader Inc., as a Junior Forest Economist with Natural Resources Canada, and as a Deemed Statistician with Statistics Canada prior to Joining Lheidli T’enneh Nation.


Lheidli T’enneh Economic Development Department

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