Coast Tsimshian Enterprises, comprised of the Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams Bands, is getting into the security business following the signing of a joint venture agreement with Securiguard Services.
Under the terms of the agreement Securiguard — which offers services including uniformed security officers, mobile patrols, remote video monitoring, first aid attenants and K9 patrol and detection services — will provide local training, employment and support services to both communities. Through the joint venture partnership, Securiguard says it will be able to bid on safety and security opportunities for projects taking place on the traditional territory of the Coast Tsimshian.
“Our team recognizes the potential in the Prince Rupert region and the tremendous opportunities that this partnership will provide. We, likewise, recognize the wisdom in partnering with local First Nations on safety and security projects and welcome the opportunity to build a leading edge joint venture. We are proud to be working closely with the progressive Lax Kw’alaams First Nation and the Metlakatla First Nation,” said company president and CEO Darcy Kernaghan.
“In addition to providing local employment opportunities, our goal is to train and inspire local youth to build meaningful careers in the safety and security industries.”
The leaders of the two communities, Chief Harold Leighton of Metlakatla and Mayor Garry Reece of Lax Kw’alaams, said the new partnership presents significant opportunities for their members.
“Securiguard shares our common values of ensuring both economic and social sustainability within our local communities. We are enthusiastic to be working with them on skills development and capacity building in the region and know that the clients of Coast Tsimshian Enterprises will receive the highest level of service,” said Chief Leighton.
“In selecting a joint venture partner, we looked carefully at ensuring high standards of training, services and management support. With Securiguard, members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band who are interested in the security industry will receive the very best in job training and professional growth opportunities,” added Mayor Reece.
Securiguard is based out of Vancouver, but does have an office in Terrace.