Sampling Underway
Do you want to know about your personal exposure to arsenic and other contaminants? If you received a letter in the mail about the Health Effects Monitoring Program, it means you have been selected to participate. We look forward to your participation. Please respond to let us know by Email: or call us at 867-445-1574.
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The Health Effects Monitoring Program is set to start this fall in Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah. Your household may receive an invitation to participate in the program.
Contact Us
Renata Rosol
Project Coordinator
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
Phone: 613-325-9080

Stacey Sundberg
Assistant Coordinator
Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
Yellowknife, NT
Work: 867-873-9337
Cell: 867-445-1574
Welcome to the Health Effects Monitoring Program

The purpose of the Health Effects Monitoring Program is to make sure that remediation activities planned to take place at Giant Mine will not have a negative impact on people's health. Specifically, the monitoring program will determine current or baseline levels of arsenic exposure among residents in Ndilo, Dettah, and Yellowknife before remediation work begins. Then, during remediation, new monitoring results will be compared to the baseline to ensure that participants' arsenic levels are not increasing because of work being done at Giant Mine.

Sampling of toenail clippings and urine from 2000 participants, from age 6 and above from Ndilo, Dettah and Yellowknife will commence in September 2017. Our findings will be shared with all participants, with interpretation, in a personal letter. As well, the overall results may contribute to a bigger picture of local exposure to contaminants in and around Dettah, Ndilo, and Yellowknife. Follow-up studies are planned for 2022/2023 for children 6 to 17 years of age, and for all participants, including adults, for 2027/2028.

A final Plan for the monitoring program will soon be available on our website once additional details, brought up during public meetings in April, are incorporated into the current draft.

The Health Effects Monitoring Program is funded through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

If you have any questions about our program please get in touch with our Project Coordinator.