Northern Contaminants Program

Working to reduce and, wherever possible, eliminate contaminants in traditionally harvested foods, while providing information that assists informed decision making by individuals and communities in their food use.

What is the Northern Contaminants Program?

The Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) was established in 1991 in response to concerns about human exposure to elevated levels of contaminants in wildlife species that are important to the traditional diets of northern Aboriginal peoples. Early studies found a wide variety of substances, many of which had no Arctic or Canadian sources, but which were, nevertheless, reaching unexpectedly high levels in the Arctic ecosystem.

The NCP allocates funds for research and related activities in five main areas:

  • Human Health Research
  • Communication, Capacity and Outreach
  • National/Regional coordination and Aboriginal Partnerships
  • Community Based Monitoring Research
  • Environmental Monitoring and Research

What Information is Available?


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