A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy ~ John Sawhill,The Greatest Guide to Green Living
Sustainable waste management is an ongoing concern for many Indigenous communities. Improper waste management is the cause of water and soil contamination, poor air quality, and other health, safety, and environmental concerns. CIER supports Indigenous communities to build capacity to implement effective waste management plans, develop collaborative partnerships on regional waste issues, and develop educational tools.
CIER provides coordination, training, capacity, and strategic governance support in the following areas:
Technical Support: organizing waste and recycling services, MTSA development, compiling technical waste information, developing resource materials, conducting outreach and engagement, researching innovative waste solutions and pilot projects to implement new waste management initiatives, and developing a solid waste management website.
Capacity and Leadership Building: developing training programs and curricula, organizing and conducting training, developing education tools, materials, and guidebooks. Governance and Collaboration: building regional collaborative governance, improving relationships and joint decision-making processes between Indigenous communities and adjacent municipalities, assisting with the operation of regional and national teams, providing support to organizations/companies in partnering with Indigenous communities.
Through funding from Indigenous Services Canada, we are currently working with several Indigenous communities in Manitoba, through several interconnected projects, to develop and implement waste management programs and solutions.