First Nations Fill and Commercial Solid Waste Management Workshops
February 23 & 24, 2016 Chilliwack
March 1 & 2, 2016 Duncan
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is pleased to announce that it is contracted BC Ecosphere Management Ltd. to plan, organize and conduct 2-day environmental management workshops on managing structural fill and and commercial solid waste on First Nations lands. INAC is conducting the Workshops because it is aware that First Nations are increasingly be subject to proposals from industry to accept fill and commercial solid waste sometimes with little or no regards given to the long-term engineering and/or environmental risks such proposed operations and facilities may pose to future land use and economic options for their lands.
The 1st day of the Workshops will recognize the need for structural fill by First Nations for building and infrastructure development while presenting best fill management practices to ensure that the fill is clean without environmental risk and provides the geotechnical attributes required for land and building development.
The 2nd day of the Workshops will recognize that Commercial Solid Waste management and disposal of waste such as demolition, landscape and contraction materials (DLCs) may be a viable economic and environmentally sustainable endeavor if accomplished using properly engineered facilities and environmental protective operating practices.
These two (2), 2 –day, 7-hour Workshops will be held in two locations in late February and the beginning of March. For First Nations from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, a Workshop will be held on February 23 & 24, 2016 at the Tzeachten First Nation’s Community Hall in Chilliwack, BC. For First Nations on Vancouver Island, the Workshop will be held on March 1 & 2, 2016 at Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan, BC.
Experts and/or representatives from the disciplines of environmental assessment, environmental engineering and geotechnical assessments, legal and regulatory framework of various levels of government, e.g., First Nations, federal, provincial and regional, industry as well as First Nations, which have experienced such fill and commercial solid waste facilities and/or operation on their lands, will make presentations at the Workshops.
It is expected that the Workshops will result in the following anticipated outcomes for participants:
Increased First Nations’ awareness of the economic opportunities present by fill and solid waste management.
Increased First Nations’ awareness of the related best management practices required to be implemented to avoid the creation of potentially adverse community, environmental and land use impacts from fill and commercial solid waste facilities and/or operations.
Increased First Nations’ awareness of the potential legal and financial responsibilities associated with fill deposition and commercial solid waste management.
Provision of contacts in industry, environment, engineering and law to be consulted should the development of fill and/or solid commercial solid waste management enterprises be under consideration by First Nation community.
Give guidance through the distribution of an INAC-produced Fill Guide to First Nations on fill management.
Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall
45855 Promontory Road,
Phone: (604) 858-3888 or 1-866-494-3888.
Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre,
200 Cowichan Way,
Phone: (250) 746-8119
Who Should Attend
All First Nations and/or their members located in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. One (1) representative from your community is invited to attend, and each Workshop will be limited to 30 participants. Please note that participants are expected to attend each day session and cell phone use will only be permitted during breaks to minimize disturbance and maximize learning potential.