Soil Stockpile Removal and Remediation Project on Capilano I.R. #5

Notice to Membership — June 27, 2019

The Squamish Nation has been working with environmental consultants Golder Associates, in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), to address the soil stockpile on Capilano IR #5 located directly south of Xwemelch’stn Etsimxwawtxw (Capilano Little Ones School). 

The services of a remediation contractor, Matcon Environmental Ltd., have been procured to excavate and remove the estimated 30,000 cubic meters of soil from the stockpile. This project will require approximately 1,700 truck and transfer loads to remove the soil.

The work will begin on July 2, 2019 and is estimated to be completed at the end of August. The goal is to have all material removed prior to the start of the 2019/20 school year.

Work/trucking hours are Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Depending on Matcon’s progress, they may work on Saturdays to meet the August 31, 2019 deadline to ensure the removal is completed before our mén̓men return to school.

The magnitude and significance of removing the stockpile of soil (portions of which have been identified as contaminated) cannot be undervalued in terms of long term safety of the community, as well securing the area for potential future community development.  

The total cost of removing the soil stockpile will be close to $3 million. Funding has been secured from ISC to cover the costs associated with this project. 

Any questions regarding the project can be directed to  

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