The goals of the Gwich’in Business Policy are to:
- Develop Gwich’in competencies, skills and expertise;
- Ensure that economic opportunities are offered to Gwich’in;
- Encourage meaningful participation by Gwich’in in all aspects of the economy; and
- Increase Gwich’in wealth and self sufficiency
The GTC representing Gwich’in Participants and as trustees of the Gwich’in Settlement Lands under the GCLCA, has created a Gwich’in Business Policy that provides preferential access to Gwich’in owned businesses so that:
- The Gwich’in can access opportunities to participate fully in all aspects of the regional economy, on a preferred basis in Unity;
- The Gwich’in receive maximum economic benefit from business and government development within the Gwich’in Settlement Area and Settlement Lands;
- Businesses in the resource development sector have a clear understanding of their responsibilities when doing business within the GSA;
- The Gwich’in Participants and Gwich’in communities can be economically self-sufficient;
- Gwich’in Participants have an opportunity to develop business capacity skills and resources;
- Gwich’in communities can build and develop economic development capacity;
- Value earned from developments on Gwich’in land will be reinvested into the Gwich’in economy; and
- The traditional Gwich’in economy can be maintained, strengthened, and enhanced while embracing business opportunities.
The Gwich’in Business Policy is subject to the terms of the GCLCA and to the extent there is a conflict between the Business Policy and the GCLCA the provisions of the GCLCA shall govern to the extent of the inconsistency.