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.
The KEAC will co-chair the Nunavik portion of the BAPE consultation on the current status and management of final waste.
The Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) is a provincial body that informs and consults citizens, investigates and then advises the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change on the files entrusted to it, in order to inform government decision-making.
On March 8, 2021 the BAPE launched a broad public consultation on the current status and management of final waste. This mandate was entrusted to the BAPE by the Minister who deems it necessary to conduct an in-depth reflection on the disposal of final waste throughout Québec, including the territory defined under Section 23 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), under Section 14 of the Northeastern Quebec Agreement (NEQA) and under Title II of the Environment Quality Act (EQA).
“Final waste is that which is found at the very end of the cycle of sorting, recovery and reclamation of residual materials. This notion of final waste is evolving and may change depending on the measures that will be put in place to divert residual materials from disposal”.
The KEAC is the preferential and official forum to responsible governments in Nunavik and is mandated to study and oversee the application and administration of the region’s environmental and social protection regime. The KEAC has agreed to form a special commission and co-chair the consultations in Nunavik in conjunction with the BAPE’s commission. The KEAC and BAPE commissions will collaborate to ensure the effective and meaningful consultation in accordance with the principles established under the JBNQA.
CALENDAR OF CONSULTATION ACTIVITIES
APRIL 1, 2021 – Public Consultation and Information Session – COMPLETE
The first part of the consultation provided information on issues related to final waste management and invited questions from the public. It was structured in such a way as to present not only general information on final waste management, but also in terms of different regional and territorial contexts.
APRIL 23, 2021- Exchange and reflection workshop – COMPLETE
A workshop regarding residual materials management addressed issues relating to the planning, operation and financing of residual materials management by responsible bodies, such as municipalities and MRCs, industries, retailers and institutions. The workshop was dedicated to the challenges specific to the communities of the Nord-du-Québec and isolated regions.
JUNE 9, 2021 – Session for the General Public- 2:00pm to 4:00pm
As part of the consultation on the status and management of final waste in Nunavik, the Kativik Environmental Advisory Committee (KEAC) and Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) have organized a special session for the general public is scheduled for June 9 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm and will be held remotely. If you would like to express your opinions or concerns, the number to call is 1-855-703-8985
To access the meeting in Inuktitut enter 960 466 6185; for English enter 278 171 6940; for French enter 772 173 7632.
Your participation is important and we hope you can attend!
For more information related to the consultation and important dates, please visit the BAPE website:
Below are links to reference documents that may be consulted to prepare for these consultations:
- Final Waste Elimination – Sector Report – Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
- Health Hazards Associated with Residual Materials Treatment Sites – Ministry of Health and Social Services
- Recyc-Quebec’s Sector Report as Part of the BAPE’s Mandate on Site Inventory and Final Waste Management
- Rapport du ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation présenté à la commission d’enquête sur l’état des lieux et la gestion des résidus ultimes –English version
- L’état des lieux et la gestion des résidus ultimes – informations complémentaires – Version anglaise
- Public Consultation Report on the Draft Nunavik Residual Materials Management Plan 2021–2027 -Kativik Regional Government
- Nunavik Residual Materials Management Plan 2021–2027, Draft – Kativik Regionl Government
- Liste des lieux d’enfouissement en milieu nordique (LEMN) autorisés en exploitation – List of northern landfills