Giant Mine Remediation Project

The Giant Mine is an inactive gold mine located within the City of Yellowknife boundary and within the Yellowknives Dene First Nation’s traditional territory and North Slave Métis homeland. Prior to Giant Mine’s development, the geographically unique area which is now the Giant Mine site served as a key location for sourcing traditional foods. Giant […]

Learn about our Community Partners

Our Community Partners Yellowknives Dene First Nation Yellowknives Dene First Nation are descendants of Tetsǫ́t’ıné (“copper or metal people”), the indigenous Chipewyan-related people living around Great Slave Lake and referred to in exploration and fur trade records as Copper Indians, Yellow-knife Indians, Red-Knife Indians, Couteaux Jaunes, etc. These names all refer to the copper tools […]

Results Are Here!

Results are here! Curious about the latest arsenic testing results from people in Yellowknife, Ndılǫ and Dettah? Check out our 2021 results brochure summarizing what the study has found to date and our more detailed progress report.

COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 Restrictions Due to COVID-19 restrictions, travel and in-person community meetings have been cancelled as of March 2020. We are committed to resuming all activities when it is safe to do so. Until then, stay healthy and safe! In the meantime, check out our Tips on keeping Arsenic levels low.

Arsenic Series 5

ARSENIC SERIES 5 Transcript The Health Effects Monitoring Program collected toenail clippings from participants because they can show arsenic exposure from up to the past 12 months. Presently the technology doesn’t exist to show past arsenic levels beyond 12 months. YKHEMP’s 2017, 2018 baseline study results showed that arsenic levels in toenails are similar to […]

Arsenic Series 4

ARSENIC SERIES 4 Transcript The Health Effects Monitoring Program, compared levels of arsenic in participants’ urine and toenails to a set of reference levels. The reference levels are used to compare populations and are not based on toxic effects. If your levels are above the reference level, it only means your concentration was higher than […]

Arsenic Series 3

ARSENIC SERIES 3 Transcript Arsenic trioxide is a very toxic mineral form of arsenic, in the past local bedrock was crushed in smelters during the extraction of gold at Giant Mine creating and releasing arsenic trioxide in the form of dust.  Over 237,000 tons of arsenic trioxide dust is currently contained in chambers and stopes […]

Arsenic Series 2

ARSENIC SERIES 2 Transcript People are routinely exposed to arsenic in food, water, air, and soil because it is found naturally in the environment. Some foods are known to be higher in arsenic like seaweed, rice, shellfish, and fish. The health effects monitoring program found that local adults and children with higher levels of arsenic […]

Arsenic Series 1

ARSENIC SERIES 1 Transcript Arsenic is natural and common in the environment. However, through decades of gold mining operations at Giant, Con and Negus mines, a toxic form of arsenic called arsenic trioxide was released in the Yellowknife area. Local people wanted to know if they are exposed to higher levels of arsenic than other […]