Technical Services

Technical Services Team

The Technical Services department of the Gitksan Government Commission is located at 1525B Hankin Street, in the same building as the Gitxsan Unlocking Aboriginal Justice program.  The Staff consists of Josh Wilson, Dennis Sterrit and Travis Smith and our new Safety Coordinator Jeremie Beaudoin, CHSEP, NCSO along with support from Diane McRae and Elizabeth Harris, Financial Resources. We welcome Jeremie Beaudoin to assist the GGC and the member bands, he has been contracted to carry out the following tasks:

  • review fire department assessments and update
  • assist the 4 fire departments with recruitment and retention, cross training & coordinate training 
  • review follow up and update the 4 community safety plans
  • emergency response planning. 

We anticipate that Jeremie will be with us til the end of August 2017 or so. 

Our office keeps a copy of all records for each project including as-constructed drawings and all technical reports. A library of Operation and Maintenance manuals for each Band is also maintained, along with technical publications, manuals, and magazines. Library information, reports and drawing are available to Band Offices and membership for information and planning purposes.

The technical services also has survey equipment, flow measuring device, portable multi-gas monitors for confined space entry, water testing equipment, print machine (blueprints), M-scope leak detector, pipe laser, magnetic locator (pin finder), Arctic Blaster - water line thawing device, that are available to the member Bands.

Public Safety Canada - Community Safety Planning 

We are very happy to say that GGC, Gitksan Health, Gitanyow, Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell and Kispiox were able to secure $143K to engage community members about safety planning in our communities. Alongside safety plans is exploring the idea of Gitksan wellness! The project will hire 4 community facilitators, one for each community and will have a core working group to guide and help navigate the project to a successful completion at March end 2015.

The Community Safety Plans are completed and are in now in implementation mode. 


The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is planning to close the existing landfill. They will then construct a new modern facility on the same property. All contributing Bands will be asked to share costs either through capital cost sharing or increased MTSA.  A community based recycling program may be coming soon!! Let us know of your ideas on how to stop waste from getting into the landfill!  

  • Gitanyow Sewer Project is completed.
  • Gitwangak Sewer Project is also done.
  • Gitanmaax water treatment plant upgrade is in progress, scheduled for completion in December 2011.
  • Comprehensive Community Planning is underway in our communities which includes the updating the 1998 Physical Development Plans. See more information under Finance on this website!

GGC is workig with the Kitimat Stikine Regional District to explore how we can minimize our waste going into the landfills. Check out the Zero Waste Challenge for your Home.


Photo: R Harris. 

Hazeltons' Community Directory

The Hazeltons' Wellness Task Force Committees' coordinator, Melanie Angus has a 2015 community directory to share. The Directory is available through Gitksan Health



Engineering & Capital Projects Services

Providing engineering and project management support to our member bands

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Housing & Technical Services

GGC as a RRAP agenda has retained the services for a housing inpsector who helps the Bands with the CHMC application process. GGC is working with the Gitksan Housing Working Group to update the Gitksan Housing Policies for social, private or capital homes, band rent to own and renovation policies. A number of community engagement or consultation sessions have been held in April and September 2012/3 to talk with community members about housing. Understanding housing programs was one of the top issues identified by members in the community planning work. The Gitksan Core Housing policy has been approved by the GGC Board and is now at each Council's table for approval.  

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Economic Opportunities

At this time GGC does not have an economic development advisor to work with the 4 member bands. If you need information please call our office. 250 842 2248

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INAC Engagement re Education on Reserve

Let's Talk on-Reserve Education. First Nations children deserve the best start in life which is why the Government of Canada is committeed to working

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Community Safety Planning is Done!

ama sa, the community safety planning project with Public Safety Canada is now done! 

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