After years of environmental assessments and pre-project geotechnical and feasibility studies, Cheam Enterprises Inc. and Copper Raven Capital have assumed responsibility of the Cheam Industrial Lands to rehabilitate and reclaim them for economic use and Community green space.
This land reclamation is the first stage of a multi-year project that will see the area transitioned into sustainable land development opportunities for our Nation, mixed with green and recreational space for the Community to enjoy.
The Cheam Industrial Lands Reclamation project will be entirely managed by Cheam Enterprises Inc. (CEI). With this oversight, we will ensure that all aspects of the project are done according to the highest environmental standards and in conjunction with our traditional Cheam values.
The lands beneath the BC Hydro Transmission Right of Way (“ROW”) have been heavily mined and are currently unusable. The first step in this project will be to fill the area beneath the BC Hydro ROW with non-hazardous construction waste and soils which will then be completely capped when required elevations are reached to complete the reclamation requirements. This step is essential and is the most efficient way to fill the gravel cells and reach the final goal of usable commercial development space and a clean, welcoming trail system. CEI and its team of qualified professionals will ensure all phases of operations adhere to Cheam Land Code Laws, permitting requirements and environmental regulations to provide the safety and security of both the Community and our traditional lands.
During the time that the gravel cells are being filled, revenues generated from the reclamation project will support the immediate financial needs of Cheam First Nation and will provide a solid foundation for continued economic success into the future.
Once the land is fully reclaimed, a light industrial park will be developed on the edge of the reclaimed cells to provide the Nation with reoccurring revenue and economic longevity. A trail system and public green space will also be created for the Community to enjoy for years to come.
The project ultimately transforms these lands into a beautiful new Community space and Cheam-owned economic development zone, ensuring future prosperity.
CEI is committed to ensuring that Cheam members are informed of the opportunities this project brings and apprised of the various stages of development. CEI is hosting two virtual town halls in the coming weeks to allow Community members the opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions, and discuss the plans for the space. These virtual town hall sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, August 11th at 5:30 pm and Saturday, August 14th at 10 am.
You can register for a virtual town hall, and submit your questions to the project team below.