ABOUT THE KEAC
The mandate of the KEAC is to examine and oversee administration and management of the environmental and social protection regime established under Section 23 of the JBNQA. It is the preferential and official forum for the governments of Canada and Québec, the Kativik Regional Government, the northern villages and, when applicable, the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, regarding laws and regulations related to the environmental and social protection regime for the territory covered under the JBNQA north of the 55th parallel. One of the KEAC’s key roles is to oversee the environmental and social impact assessment and review procedures and, as required, to make recommendations to improve them. Finally, the KEAC ensures that all laws, policies and regulations applicable in the region are compatible with the provisions of Section 23 of the JBNQA.
BAPE final report on the current status and management of final waste, January 2022
On March 8, 2021 the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MELCC) gave a mandate to the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) to realize a province-wide enquiry and consultation on the status and management of final waste. This mandate also included the territory defined under Section 23 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) and under Section 14 of the Northeastern Quebec Agreement. In its role as the preferential and official forum to responsible governments in the territory under Section 23 of the JBNQA, the KEAC agreed to form a special commission to co-preside over the Nunavik portion of the consultation with the BAPE. In the spirit of the principles set out under the JBNQA, the consultation was held on June 9 and 10, 2021in Kuujjuaq.
During these discussions the participants raised several key concerns: the impacts of open-air burning on local populations and the environment, inadequate funding for waste management, abandoned sites located outside municipal boundaries, regulations and programs adapted to northern realities, landfill capacity and management, and lack of access to information and support in Inuktitut/English.
The feedback from the consultation contributed to the BAPE’s final report (in French only) which was published in January 2022. The report sets out eleven strategic approaches intended to guide government decision making on matters related to waste management. Moreover, Guideline #10 focuses on remote areas and explains that residual materials management measures must be implemented as equally as possible throughout Quebec. The government must also consider the social and territorial particularities existing in a given remote area and consider these when providing the required human and financial resources as well as developing optimal residual materials management strategies in accordance with the concept of a circular economy. A summary of the report is also available in English.
Furthermore, Chapter 11 of the BAPE’s report provides information and recommendations regarding the status and management of final waste in Québec’s treaty lands, including Nunavik. The principal conclusions from that chapter reflect the common opinion of the BAPE’s Commission and each of the Nations or communities with respect to improving waste management systems in these territories
Hazardous Materials Spill Response Guide for Nunavik, November 2021
As part of its mandate, the KEAC provides support to local and regional authorities regarding residual and hazardous materials management in Nunavik. In 2011, the KEAC published a series of three guides: Guide No. 1 is intended for municipalities and regional organizations that regularly handle hazardous materials. Guide No. 2 is intended for the general public and describes residual materials in broad terms, including proper handling and storage practices. Guide 3 has recently been updated and is geared towards those who may be required to respond to an environmental incident involving a discharge of hazardous materials. The objectives of Guide 3 are to describe response measures and to provide essential as well as practical information in case of contamination resulting in a hazardous materials spill.
Click HERE to download a copy of all 3 guides from the KEAC website.