SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

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SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

The cost of developing 7 building lots (90 feet by 100 feet) is roughly $1 million. In certain

areas, plots are much narrower and longer, making it difficult for homeowners to drive vehicles

around the house. Lot width is an important consideration and workshop participants

expressed a strong preference for wider building lots.

Infrastructure

Harbour facilities are inadequate, and boat congestion can develop during peak shipping

season. A wharf manager is needed to help regulate shipping traffic. Improving dock

infrastructure is also an important consideration if the community wishes to attract cruise

ships.

Waste management

The community dump is at capacity and waste is often burnt for lack of suitable alternatives.

Burning waste helps reduce the space needed at the landfill and deters bears but is against

community regulations due to air pollution concerns. Makkovik is currently waiting for the

delivery of a garbage compactor that will reduce the amount of space needed for waste

without creating air pollution.

During the summer, there is a lot of cardboard waste from the plant. The community is

considering cardboard recycling and composting as this would divert unnecessary waste from

the landfill. Makkovik is also considering a ban on plastic bags (like the ban currently in place in

Nain).

Overall, some community participants felt that the government is stalling on waste

management issues. Hazardous waste is not being collected because the municipality has no

holding facility. Community members store their own hazardous waste, or the town ships it to

Goose Bay for $75 a barrel. The town is in the beginning stages of partnering with a company in

BC to recycle paints, an initiative that they would receive money for. Participants also

highlighted the need for regular scrap metal collection.

Dust

Dust is less of an issue in Makkovik than in other communities and the town has had success

regularly applying calcium to the roads. Despite these efforts, fine dust particles still present a

health risk for residents, particularly children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing

respiratory issues.

Economic development and jobs

Workshop participants identified tourism, guiding and outfitting as desirable areas for future

economic growth. Participants also emphasized the need for sustainable economic growth that

minimizes possible environmental impacts and ensures long-term benefits. There are few jobs

currently available in the community. Several young people leave the community in search of

work in their field due to a lack of opportunities at home. Many young people in trades are in

need of apprenticeships or journeymen to complete their training and must travel to Goose

Bay.

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