Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) has provided financial assistance to assess and clean up environmentally contaminated sites on reserve lands and other lands under its responsibility since 1992. Many contaminated sites are linked to private sector mining, and oil, gas and military activities dating back to a time when environmental impacts were not well understood. These sites are managed under the Department's Contaminated Sites Management Program (CSMP). This program determines the location and severity of the contamination. When the sites pose a risk to human and environmental health and safety, they are cleaned up on a priority basis.
The Department's Northern Contaminated Sites Program (CSP) and Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) are two other federally funded programs working specifically in the North. The CSP is geared toward cleaning up contaminants left over from mining and military operations while the NCP responds to concerns about human exposure to elevated levels of contaminants in wildlife species that are part of a traditional diet for northern Aboriginal peoples.
In this section, find information on the Contaminated Sites Management Program and its focus on cleaning up contaminated sites on reserve lands. You can also find links to policies, guidelines and other useful information regarding the problem of contaminated sites.