The Trustees have a responsibility on behalf of the Beneficiaries to ensure funds received are invested wisely and securely to ensure long-term stable revenues for the Tahltan Nation. The capital must be protected and allowed to grow, while enabling measured distributions. The Trustees have hired an investment firm to manage the portfolio.
TRUST MANAGEMENT PARAMETERS
- No per capita distribution
- Funds managed by Trustees
- Spending power of the investment capital must be preserved
- Prudent long-term investment rules
- Distributions for education, training, capacity development, housing, health, education and economic development
The principle and its spending power will be protected to ensure equal or greater value for future generations.
The funds are invested in a moderate portfolio to control risk and maximize growth, with half in equities for growth and half in fixed income/cash for safety. The portfolio is a mixture of dividend stocks, bonds, guaranteed investment certificates.
There were limited distributions during the first 11 years because the Trust fund was small and earned very little income, as well as to help foster growth of the Trust fund. The first distribution of $100,000 was made in 2016 to establish a Tahltan Education Fund (to be managed by the Tahltan Central Government) for Tahltan members to access. Subsequent distributions were made of $100,000 in 2017, $100,000 in 2018 and $200,000 in 2019 to the Tahltan Education Fund. This priority and distribution method was approved by the Tahltan membership through resolutions at annual general assemblies. In fall 2021, Trustees confirmed additional distribution amounts of $200,000 for 2020 and $310,000 for 2021 for this Tahltan Education Fund. Future distributions are expected be delivered through the Tahltan Community Foundation towards priorities identified by membership through a community-based planning process (once leadership provides direction to finalize its creation).
COAST MOUNTAIN HYDRO INVESTMENT
In July 2019, funds from the Trust were used to purchase 5% (from Axium and Manulife) of the Coast Mountain Hydro Projects (formerly Northwest British Columbia Hydro Electric Facilities, which comprise the Forrest Kerr, McLymont Creek and Volcano Creek run-of-river projects), on behalf of the Tahltan Nation. These investments produce income for distribution but do not create any liability for the Trust in the unlikely event the projects incur a loss. This built on a previous $2 million investment the Trust had made in Volcano Creek, where the Trust invested $500,000 of its own money, which was supplemented with a grant of $1.5 million from the Province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Program.