Lands and Economic Development Services Program 2023

During Winter of 2023, in partnership with Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society, Ahousaht First Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (TFN), and Hesquiaht First Nation, CRS led large scale clean-ups, targeting on and off-shore debris. 

Key Statistics

189,830 Kg Debris Removed
150+ Derelict Vessels Removed
93% of Debris Diverted from Alberni Landfill

Project Partners

Province of British Columbia LogoAhousaht First NationTla-o-qui-aht First NationHesquiaht First NationMHSS LogoTla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Allies Logo

Project Details

The objective of this project was to reduce solid waste debris along the shorelines of Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, and Hesquiaht lands, reducing anthropogenic environmental impact and restoring critical habitat through the removal of accumulated debris. CRS removed and recycled over 150 derelict vehicles from the Ahousaht Village of Maaqtusiis. Prior to their removal, these vehicles posed imminent threats to the local ecosystem as their breakdown enabled toxic chemicals to leach into the land and waterways. 

Thanks to funding from Indigenous Services Canada through the Lands and Economic Development Services Program, this project provided valuable opportunities to both safely remove hazardous waste and build local capacity to spearhead further environmental remediation work. The project was also intended to provide meaningful employment and contract opportunities to Indigenous community members. The combination of environmental remediation, habitat restoration, training, and employment provided a meaningful and tangible opportunity to engage community members in environmental stewardship and awareness, best practices for large scale cleanup efforts, and awareness regarding pollution and prevention on reserve lands.

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