The Kaska people have always participated in the mainstream global economy. Upon the arrival of Europeans, we expanded our traditional trading practice by trading furs with the Hudson’s Bay Company through their coastal “middlemen,” the Tlingit and Tahltan. Today, Liard First Nation continues to base our economy on our abundant natural resources, from traditional hunting, fishing and fur trapping, to modern forestry, mining, and tourism.
Economic development for the Liard First Nation is about more than money and jobs. Our land and its resources have sustained the Kaska people for over 4,000 years, and are inextricably connected to our heritage, our culture and our future generations.
As such, we adhere to specific processes for doing business with the Liard First Nation and in our traditional areas that will ensure respect and sustainability.