Sampling Continues
April - June 2018
Who can participate?
  • Anyone who has lived in Yellowknife, Ndilo or Dettah for the past 12 months.
  • Anyone from 3 to 79 years old, and Elders.
To perticipate contact:

Yellowknife residents (random & volunteers):
Stacey/Carine at (867) 445-1574
Renata at ykhemp@uottawa.ca

Yellowknives Dene First Nation:
Elizabeth Liske at (867) 766-3496
elizabethl@ykdene.com

North Slave Metis Alliance:
Nicole Goodman at (867) 873-6762
nicole.goodman@nsma.net

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2017 PARTICIPANTS!

A total of 898 people from Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah participated in the arsenic study in the fall 2017. Laboratory analysis of urine and toenail clippings continues to take place at University of Ottawa. Participants will receive their results in a personal letter in September 2018!
Contact Us details
Renata Rosol
Project Coordinator
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
Phone: (613) 325-9080
Email: ykhemp@uottawa.ca
Welcome to the Health Effects Monitoring Program

The purpose of the Health Effects Monitoring Program is to make sure that remediation activities planned to take place at Giant Mine will not have a negative impact on people's health. Specifically, the monitoring program will determine current or baseline levels of arsenic exposure among residents in Ndilo, Dettah, and Yellowknife before remediation work begins. Then, during remediation, new monitoring results will be compared to the baseline to ensure that participants' arsenic levels are not increasing because of work being done at Giant Mine.

Sampling of toenail clippings and urine from 2000 participants, from age 3 and above from Ndilo, Dettah and Yellowknife will commence in September 2017, and continue in April 2018. Our findings will be shared with all participants, with interpretation, in a personal letter. The overall results will contribute to an overall picture of local exposure to contaminants in and around Dettah, Ndilo, and Yellowknife. Follow-up studies are planned for 2021/2022 for children 3 to 17 years of age, and for all participants, including adults, for 2027/2028.

A final Plan for the monitoring program will soon be available on our website once additional details, brought up during public meetings in April, are incorporated into the current draft.

The Health Effects Monitoring Program is funded through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

If you have any questions about our program please get in touch with our Project Coordinator.