About SDC

Sakitawak Development Corporation (SDC)

Sakitawak Development Corporation (SDC), is the economic development corporation for the Northern Village of Ile-a-la-Crosse. Our purpose is to invest in regional and community businesses across multiple sectors with emphasis on creating employment.

SDC’s seven voting board members are appointed by its sole shareholder, the Northern Village of Ile a la Crosse to carry out the operations of SDC. Currently, two are appointed Village Council members and five are members at-large. The Mayor of Ile a la Crosse serves as an ex-officio non-voting board member.

SDC Profile

The Sakitawak Development Corporation (SDC) was incorporated, in 1989, by the Northern Village of Ile-a-la-Crosse (NVIL), to invest in regional and community businesses in multiple sectors.

Its general purposes or mandate as laid out in its Articles of Incorporation are provided below:

  1. The identification of economic and social development opportunities and the preparation and amendment of an economic and social development strategy for the community of Ile a la Crosse;
  2. The fostering of local individual ownership of business and property in the community of Ile a la Crosse;
  3. The promotion of the Ile a la Crosse community as a place for external investment in small business and for investment in small to large-scale industry;
  4. Improving the community overall potential for economic development by expanding business development in the community;
  5. Reducing the number of skilled people leaving the community; and,
  6. Reducing dependence on outsiders, especially Government.

SDC owns several successful businesses and profitable business investments, making it one of the largest Métis economic development corporations in northern Saskatchewan. The SDC supports and services include providing entrepreneurs in the community with advice and guidance and also investing in community infrastructure. SDC is recognized in the community of Ile-a-la-Crosse for its economic leadership and community development. In the past, it has often contributed 5% to 20% of its profits, annually, back to the community in the form of dividends.

Community Profile

The Northern Village of Ile-a-la-Crosse is in the boreal forest of northwest of Saskatchewan, on a peninsula on the western shore of Lac Ile-a-la-Crosse. Ile-a-la-Crosse is located 220km northeast of Meadow Lake, 379km northwest of Prince Albert, and 478km northwest of Saskatoon. Population of the Village is 1365 – with an average age group of 40 to 44 years, median age group of 25 to 29 years, and a dominant age group of 0 to 5 years. According to the 2016 Statistics Canada census, there are 405 households in Ile-a-la-Crosse with a majority of these households consisting of married/common-law couples (59%) or female lone parent (33%).

As of 2015 the median income of NVIL residents 15 and older that have worked for a full year, is $44,588 – about $10,000 less than provincial median. In 2016 the unemployment rate in Ile-a-la-Crosse was 30.4% with a participation rate of 63.8%. The main industries driving economic activity in Ile-a-la-Crosse are: health care and social assistance (21.24%), educational services (13.27%), and public administration (12.39%).

Vision Statement

To be a northern leader in economic and community development.

Mission Statement

Founded in its cultural spirit, resilience, and strength in community economic development, Sakitawak Development will maintain, develop, and expand the economic base of Ile-a-la-Crosse by promoting strong partnerships with communities and industry.

Our Corporate Values

Business Values:

  • Accountable and transparent practices;
  • Good, sound, honest leadership;
  • Learning and growing with our partners;
  • Creating a profitable self-sustaining business;
  • Accessibility;
  • Integrity;

Social Values:

  • Professionalism;
  • Long-term relationships;
  • Teamwork;
  • Community-building;
  • Innovation;
  • Efficiency;
  • Strong ethics;
  • Accountability;

Environmental Values:

  • Protecting and preserving the environment for a sustainable future
  • Coexisting in harmony with the environment

Our People

Staff:

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Tyler Morin

Operations Manager – John Belanger

Office Manager – Charlene Gardiner

Administrative Assistant/ Property Manager– Candace Gardiner

SDC Construction/Maintenance – Robert Daigneault

SDC Construction/Maintenance – Roderick Morin

Board of Directors:

Vince Ahenakew— (Council Member) Chairman

Myra Malboeuf— (Council Member) Treasurer

Peter Durocher— (Council Member) Director

Sheryl Yole— (Member at Large) Director

Philip Durocher— (Member at Large) Secretary

Emile Burnouf— (Member at Large) Vice Chairman

Cecile Favel— (Member at Large) Director

Duane Favel – (Mayor of NVIC) Ex-officio Director

As a board, they will provide strategic direction and leadership for SDC.