Peter Kirby has lived and worked in Atlin for the past 19 years. In that time, he has served Taku River Tlingit interests by raising capital to build community infrastructure, working on human resource and economic development, planning, training, small-business development, and capacity-building, including the creation of new development corporations (Taku Wild- 2000, Taku Land Corporation – 2003, Xeitl Limited Partnership – 2007, Tlingit Homeland Energy – 2015, Taku Holdings Limited- 2015). He currently serves as President and CEO of these corporations and the Atlin Tlingit Economic LP.
In 2009, Peter, working through these development corporations, succeeded in building a micro-hydro project on Pine Creek which supplies all of the Atlin community’s energy needs. The project is 100% Taku River Tlingit owned and employed 25 local workers during construction and continues to employ Indigenous people who maintain and run it, applying many of the techniques highly lauded by the 20/20 Catalysts Program.