From October 30th to November 1st, 2018, the FNQLSDI organized a First Nations of Quebec Waste Management Symposium.
The event’s main objective was to provide tools and guidance to communities to facilitate the implementation of projects in waste management. It is also the opportunity for key members of waste management in First Nation communities to gather in order to share their point of view on current issues and on the realities that they face.
The following major themes were addressed:
- Waste Management: identifying environmental impacts
- Household Hazardous Waste management: why and how?
- Challenges and issues of implementing compost
- Understanding the recycling structure from A to Z
This year, an afternoon visit of infrastructure was planned to give participants the opportunity to explore various waste management infrastructure of First Nations communities and Quebec municipalities. Transportation by bus will be provided and the return is planned for around 5:00 pm at the Imperia hotel.
October 30, 2018
- Warm up activity
- Circuit Rider presentation – FNQLSDI
- Environmental impacts and health risks of waste and landfills – Services aux Autochtones Canada
- Best practices: Presentation of waste management developments – Odanak
- Discussion workshops
- Household hazardous waste management – Chamard
- Best practices: Implementation of EPR progams in northern villages – Kativik Regional Governement
- Best pratice Winneway
- Waste management awareness campain; take inspiration from environmental education in indigenous communities – Coop Nitaskinan
- Best practices: Pessamit ecopatrol initiative
October 31, 2018
- Composting technologies and implementation steps RITMR Gaspesie
- Understanding Quebec recycling systeme – Recyc-Quebec
- Sorting center challenges and realities -Tricentris
First Nations regional committee
The day of November 1st, 2018, will be allocated to the establishment of a waste management regional committee. The purpose of this committee is to ensure the active participation of First Nations of Quebec in the National Advisory Committee on Waste Management Initiative of Indigenous Services Canada. The committee will gather waste management stakeholders to make their voices heard on issues and challenges in their communities, to gain expertise and knowledge, to raise solutions and to secure their efforts by setting common goals.