Northern Contaminants

Through the Northern Contaminants Program, we support northern research and monitoring of contaminants in traditional foods and provide information on contaminants. Funds are available for research to help address health and safety in country foods. The information collected by this program is used by Canada to negotiate international agreements to reduce the use of contaminants.

The program was established in 1991 because of concerns about human exposure to contaminants in wildlife that are part of traditional aboriginal diets. Program staff provide information to help communities make informed decisions about the food they eat.

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