Contaminants in the North

Many sites in the North have been contaminated due to private sector mining, oil and gas, and government military activities that occurred before their environmental impact was fully understood.

Also, studies in the early 1990s found that a number of pollutants originating from sources outside the Arctic or in some cases outside Canada, were reaching unexpectedly high levels in the Arctic ecosystem.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is working to address these challenges. It is committed to improving the environmental health of the North through:

Northern Contaminated Sites Program
This program focuses on the cleanup and remediation of a number of contaminated sites in the North.

Northern Contaminants Program
This program partners key players from the North and the international scientific community to address human exposure to contaminants in wildlife species that are important to the traditional diets of Northern Indigenous peoples.

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