2018 Sample Collection is complete!

The information collected from last Fall and this Spring together will form the baseline data for Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah.

Thank you to all participants, your involvement is greatly appreciated!

We will do our best to get the results to you later this Fall.

The program will return in 2022/2023 to do a follow-up with children only, and then in 2027/28 to do a follow-up with both children and adults who are still residents.

This will help the project team ensure that the exposure measured in 2017-2018 is not increasing because of the remediation work at Giant Mine.

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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. Participants will receive their results for urine in a personal letter in June 2018!

We will send the results of your toenail analysis in the Fall of 2018. Your saliva results will be grouped with all participants and the general results shared at community meetings sometime in late 2018 or early 2019.

Contact Us details
Elizabeth Liske
Community Project Coordinator
Work: (867) 873-8951 ext. 1011
Cell: (867) 445-4552
Email: elizabethl@ykdene.com

Renata Rosol
Project Manager
University of Ottawa
Phone: (613) 325-9080
Email: ykhemp@uottawa.ca
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Principal Investigator

Dr. Laurie Chan from the University of Ottawa will lead the implementation of the Health Effects Monitoring Program. Dr. Chan has extensive experience in carrying out health studies in the North and working closely with northern and Indigenous communities.

Our Partners

In order to engage with a variety of affected stakeholders, a Health Effects Monitoring Program Advisory Committee (HEMPAC) was created as a mechanism for member groups to contribute to the development and implementation of the monitoring program by utilizing their health expertise and knowledge of regional and community level issues.

HEMPAC meets once a month and consists of the following representatives:

  • Government of Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Government of Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Yellowknives Dene First Nation
  • North Slave Métis Alliance
  • Giant Mine Oversight Board
  • City of Yellowknife
With additional support from:
  • Institute for Circumpolar Health Research

The Mandate of HEMPAC

To provide advice and make recommendations to the Principal Investigator in the development and implementation of the Health Effects Monitoring Program.

Specific responsibilities of the Advisory Committee include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice in the development and implementation of the program.
  • Provide community perspective, expertise, advice and traditional knowledge in the development and implementation of the program.
  • Monitor the implementation of the program and provide input into refinement opportunities.
  • Provide advice on proposed communications for the program.

Collaborators

The project will also enlist the help of other experts and professionals as well as part-time researchers to aid in its implementation including:

  • Dr. Ken Reimer of the Royal Military College as an external expert reviewer.
  • Dr. Harriet Phillips of Can North, project lead of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment study.
  • Sharen Roland of Génome Qu√©bec who will aid in DNA analysis.
  • Rossana Manriquez and Jean Dumais of Statistics-Canada, who will aid in development of a sampling methodology.
  • Susan Chatwood of the¬†Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, who will help to finalize data sharing agreement and access to medical records.