Preserving the natural
IZWTAG is proud to be an Indigenous run, non-profit society that was built on the foundation of protecting and preserving the environment and improving waste management within every First Nation community.
Each of IZWTAG’s founding members gained experience by being part of the B.C. First Nations Zero Waste Program, and passes on valuable knowledge through training and community support. The founding members believe that our zero waste goals can be achieved and have established IZWTAG in order to meet these goals.
IZWTAG originally started as part of the B.C. First Nations Zero Waste Program. Indigenous Services Canada began the B.C. First Nations Zero Waste Program in 2008 after an assessment showed that the communities have similar needs and challenges. A common theme is the desire for recycling, composting, and waste reduction activities. Solutions are developed locally and in cooperation with many different Regional Districts, Product Stewards and service providers. To join the program, click HERE.
Meet the board
Calvin Jameson - President
Calvin is the Lil'wat Nations Public Works Superintendent in Mount Currie, BC, and the first Indigenous Zero Waste Operations trainer.
Roger Vickers - Vice President
Roger operates the Gitxaala Nation’s transfer station and recycling program at Kitkatla B.C., and he created the IZWTAG logo.
Ernie French-Downey - Treasurer
Ernie is the Takla Nation’s Public Works Manager at Takla Landing, B.C. and is in charge of the Transfer Station and recycling and compost programs.
Isaiah Robinson - Secretary
Isaiah is the Kitasoo Nation’s Housing and Public Works Manager at Klemtu, B.C. and has been a Councillor since 2019.
Leo Lawson - Director
Leo is the Heiltsuk Tribal Council’s Capital Projects Manager at Bella Bella, B.C. He was on the Coast Waste Management Association Board of Directors for 2017-18
Vince Davis - Director
Vince is the Gitxaala Nation’s Public Works Manager at Kitkatla, B.C. and is in charge of the waste management program.
Tania Solonas is a member of the Tse’Khene Nation (People of the Rocks) & grew up in McLeod Lake, BC. She works within the Land Management department.
IZWTAG’s Logo was designed by Roger Vickers of the Gitxaala Nation. Roger was the first operator of the Gitxaala Transfer Station and the community’s recycling program. In 2018, Roger took on the role of Vice President of IZWTAG.
Roger chose an Eagle design to go with the recycle symbol because the eagle is a common emblem amongst first nations. It is always watching over land and water.