A new strategic partnership has been formed between the province’s largest First Nation and a Saskatoon-based engineering and consulting company.

The business development arm of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Kitsaki Development Corporation, has purchased a 25 per cent interest in March Consulting.

This gives the band a stake in any work the company does and it also opens the doors for the engineering company when it is dealing with First Nations resources and services.

The vice president of March Consulting, Kyle Krushelniski calls it a win-win situation.

“You know, this isn’t only for projects in northern Saskatchewan. Whether we are doing projects on potash in southern Saskatchewan or we are doing a power project in the Northwest Territories or we are doing a gold project in Ontario, we see the advantages of having that First Nation experience on our side.”

Those sentiments are echoed by the CEO of Kitsaki Development, Russell Roberts.

“As a business, we are always looking at ways to expand our services and serve our clients better.”

He says this deal will allow that to happen and will help the corporation tap into new markets.

The sale price for the 25 per cent stake was not disclosed.