The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada First Nation Solid Waste Management Initiative (Manitoba Region) invited First Nations from across Manitoba to participate in the 2019 Seventh Generation Waste Warriors Project.
The four communities who were accepted into the project were Canupawakpa Dakota Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. Each community selected two youth (and a chaperone) and two young adults (under thirty) to learn about solid waste management and diversion. The participants worked together over the four workshops to design, plan, budget, and execute their own local waste diversion projects. Their journey has been documented in a film produced by Indigenous filmmakers, Code Breaker Films. The film is available on CIER’s YouTube Channel “CIERWorld”!
Each of our workshops were zero-waste as much as possible; participants were provided with feast bags with reusable plates, cutlery, water bottles, and dish towels. They washed their dishes after each meal, which cut down the amount of waste we produced – very little disposable and single use plates, cups or cutlery were used. We give special thanks to each of the communities for their amazing hospitality and our funder, Indigenous Services Canada
Waste Warrior Community Workshops: Click on the community names below to access pages for each community workshop where you can learn more about each workshop. You can also access each waste warrior community group's final presentations on their page to learn more about what each group accomplished.
Knowledge and skills developed among First Nations’ youth and young adults in leadership and waste issues.
The support of local waste management actions by First Nations youth and young adults that help protect source and ground water and promote sustainable waste diversion practices in communities (reducing, reusing, recycling).
Four workshops were held
Four community driven waste diversion projects were completed
A celebration event was held in Winnipeg where all project partners, Seventh Generation Waste Warriors, participant's guests and speakers were invited
A short-film was created to showcase the project
Seventh Generation Waste Warriors Presentations
The below presentations were shared with Seventh Generation Waste Warriors at the workshops. The presentations are organized in the order they were shared. The top left file is the first presentation shared, and the bottom right file is the last presentation that was shared.