Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department photo, 2010
At its meeting in August, 2009, the General Assembly passed a resolution that approved the draft trust indenture which set out the terms and conditions for the establishment of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Trust (the “TH Trust”) and its operation and administration. The resolution also authorized the TH Council to transfer the financial compensation and investments of the TH to the TH Trust, as appropriate.
The TH Trust is a legal body that is separate and independent from the TH. It was established for the purpose to hold and manage the financial compensation assets and business investments of the TH on behalf of the TH citizens.
There are several benefits for the TH’s assets and investments to be transferred to the TH Trust and managed by the trustees. Firstly, these assets and investments will be protected from any debts or liabilities of the TH, unless they were encumbered by the TH prior to the transfer.
Secondly, since the trustees are legally obliged to manage the assets in a transparent and accountable manner in accordance with the trust indenture, they will provide the appropriate attention and oversight to the management and administration of these assets without any political interference.
Lastly, there will be significant taxation benefits for the earnings generated by the assets and investments placed in the TH Trust.
"The Trust's mandate is to preserve the Trust Property for future generations of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and to receiving, holding, managing, investing, allocating and otherwise any income earned by the Trust for the purposes of promoting, funding or carrying out social, community or economic development activities of direct benefit to the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in."