Solid Waste & Recycling


First Nation opens federally funded waste transfer facility

SAMSON CREE NATION, Alberta – The Saddleback of Samson Cree Nation in Alberta has completed a new waste transfer station.

The transfer station will allow Samson Cree Nation members to dispose of waste in a safe manner without travelling long distances. It is a highly organized and well-designed facility allowing materials to be separated quickly and efficiently.

The facility will also support increased environmental sustainability and contribute to a healthier and cleaner community.

The Government of Canada invested approximately $5.36 million to support the completion of the project.

“We at Samson Cree Nation are pleased to have this grand opening of our Solid Waste Transfer Station,” said Vernon J. Saddleback, chief of the Samson Cree Nation.

“I am grateful for all our local nation members who received employment and training opportunities during the build and we look forward to being a Sustainable and Eco Friendly Nation.

Samson Cree Nation is located approximately 100 km south of Edmonton. The community is one of four Nations of Mascwacis.

In January 2016 Indigenous Services Canada introduced its First Nation Solid Waste Management Initiative, the first time that specific funding was dedicated to First Nation solid waste management in Canada, along with more holistic views on solid waste management and sustainability.

Many of the metal bins used in the rural areas of Maskwacis, were constructed by Four Nations Welding, a 100 percent First Nation owned and operated company. Four Nations Welding is located in Maskwacis.

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