In partnership with Fort Albany First Nation (FAFN), CIER and Scout Environmental (http://www.scoutenvironmental.com/) are working on a pilot project to remove end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) from FAFN. This pilot project is an important step for FAFN in contributing towards the development of a long-term FAFN Waste Management Plan. This initiative has been particularly unique for three reasons: (1) Built capacity by training three FAFN heavy equipment operators in preparing ELVs for transport; (2) Provided the opportunity to raise community awareness on the relevance of waste management and environmental issues for community sustainability and prepare members for potential new waste management practices; and, (3) alleviate the pressure on the existing landfill, which is already at it's maximum capacity.
The initial phase of this project was funded by Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). INAC is providing financial support for Phase 2 of the project.