Waste Management

In Quebec and in First Nation communities, the production of residual materials is still increasing, generating major economic and environmental challenges. Residual Materials Management is a growing field of work and has, on reserves, specific issues to address. The FNQLSDI provides First Nations with tools to help them face those challenges and develop their own innovative solutions.

4R’s Guide


By sensitizing us to the problematic of over-consumption and residual materials (i.e. wastes), this guide hopes to achieve the following three objectives and :

  1. Reducing individual and collective waste production (and the waste of resources);
  2. Efficiently managing the waste that is produced;
  3. Minimizing, thus, the risk of environmental contamination.

The guide is available here.

Multilingual book, activities book and animated videos

Our collection of books on the environment and sustainable development has been augmented in 2018 by a new multilingual book in which readers are invited to follow two good friends: Theria, a curious raccoon, and Larinie, a shrewd seagull, through their incredible adventure to discover residual materials management.

In addition, the FNQLSDI is sharing an original activities book and six animated videos featuring the adventures of Theria and Larinie.

Based on ecological and scientific knowledge, and highlighting six Indigenous languages, this book and its complementary material is intended to be a fun and educational tool for teachers to teach Indigenous students about languages, as well as science and technology.


Some of our achievements include:

  • Educational activities in communities
  • Information sheet on Waste Management terms, acronyms and programs (PDF version) (printable version)
  • Developing a comprehensive regional portrait of residual materials management in First Nations in Quebec
  • Publishing a gap analysis for residual materials management in Quebec versus in First Nation communities