Once again, students from the Nova Scotia Youth Corps were involved in the recycling and waste disposal program. They worked weeks before the Mission began to get the site ready, clearing debris and sprucing up the Island and putting a recycling program in place. Boatload after boatload of garbage was removed from the Island to be properly disposed of.
This year, there was also a forestry program in place that removed diseased and fallen trees from the Sacred Path, service roads and cabins.
UINR’s Laurie Suitor co-ordinated the project, organizing the Youth Corps team, other students from Chapel Island and staff provided by Membertou, Eskasoni and Chapel Island: This year was quite a challenge. Thanks to all the teams that worked tirelsessly to make sure we achieved all our targets and to all of the companies and people who donated goods, services and funding to the success. A special thanks to Nova Scotia Environment, Parks Canada and the Aboriginal Forestry Program for assisting us with funding and, of course, the Pitu’paq partnership.