The devastating forest fires at Alkali Lake and in Telegraph Creek destroyed many homes, buildings, and other community infrastructure in summer 2018. The Telegraph Creek community is home to a number of our employees and their families, and we provided paid leave for those individuals who volunteered to help fight the fire and assist with area evacuation efforts. Unfortunately, the fires blazed out of control. Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes, and priceless cultural and ceremonial regalia was lost.
During and after the fire, Pretivm provided support to Tahltan Elders and others displaced from their homes. This included financial, logistical, and emotional support for those who relocated to Smithers and Terrace. In January 2019, we made a special contribution of $250,000 in support of the Tahltan Nation reconstruction efforts.
In Telegraph Creek, several recovery actions were underway in 2019 including the recovery of housing and community infrastructure. The Tahltan Nation worked to ensure that the needs of all community members were met, and supported affected households through this period of recovery. Although the destructive impacts of the forest fires cannot be reversed, we hope that our contributions continue to help the community heal and move forward.