It was an exciting summer of returning to larger in person events!
In July and August, The First Nations Waste Minimization team partnered with Bunibonibee Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation to organize two in-community training sessions for First Nations waste management staff. Participants took Safety First: 4R Hazard Awareness Training offered through the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association.
The goal of the training is to help 4R facility staff be aware of the daily hazards they encounter at work and to go home safe to their families everyday.
The first training, hosted by Bunibonibee Cree Nation, had 14 participants from Barren Lands First Nation, Bunibonibee Cree Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, Northlands Denesuline First Nation, Sayisi Dene First Nation, and Keewatin Tribal Council. As part of the training the group toured new waste management facilities in the community. Bunibonibee Cree Nation was proud to show their new indoor recycling facility equipped with a baler, storage shed, and office. The group also toured the recently upgraded engineered landfill and waste diversion area in Bunibonibee complete with an indoor office equipped with heat, power, washroom, and a break room.
The second training, hosted by Peguis First Nation, had 12 participants from Black River First Nation, Fisher River Cree Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Pine Creek First Nation. Participants toured the Peguis landfill where staff showcased their indoor recycling facility with a baler and indoor storage shed as well as the many materials the facility is diverting and recycling. Including a full Household Hazardous Waste Depot with the Product Care Association!
Overall, there was a lot of positive feedback from participants. One participant from Barrenlands First Nation emailed after the Bunibonibee training and said, “Thank you again for the invite. We really appreciate it. The meals were awesome and the people were great. The training gave us more insight on many things and gave me many ideas. It was a good trip.”
It was great to see everyone at both trainings. Thanks to all who attended!