NCP Funded Projects (2016-17)

There are 53 projects funded under the Northern Contaminants Program for the 2016-2017 year, with allocated funding support of roughly $4.1 million. These projects were subject to a comprehensive technical, peer, and northern social/cultural review process. This process ensures that each project supports the priorities and objectives of the Northern Contaminants Program, as outlined in the NCP blueprints and annual call for proposals. Consultation with northern community authorities and/or Indigenous organizations is required for all projects involving field work in the North and/or analyses of samples.

Human health
ProjectProject leaderFunding Awarded
Do country food nutrients protect against mercury toxicity and cardiometabolic diseases? Integrating data from cutting-edge science and mobilizing knowledge towards Nunavimmiut health Pierre Ayotte (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec Research Center) $253,288
Genetic polymorphisms to improve interpretation of contaminant exposure and risk in Inuit Niladri Basu (McGill University) $46,000
Contaminant Biomonitoring in the Northwest Territories Mackenzie Valley: Investigating the Links Between Contaminant Exposure, Nutritional Status, and Country Food Use (Year 2) Brian Laird (University of Waterloo) $368,058
Exposure to food chain contaminants in Nunavik: evaluating spatial and time trends among pregnant women & implementing effective health communication for healthy pregnancies and children Mélanie Lemire (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec Research Center) $359,559
Quantifying the Effect of Transient and Permanent Dietary Transitions in the North on Human Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants and Mercury Frank Wania (University of Toronto) and Meredith Curren (Health Canada) $33,925

Total Human Health: $1,060,830


Community based monitoring and research
ProjectProject leaderFunding Awarded
Mercury in Seaweed and Lichens from the Home Range of the Qamanirjuaq Caribou Mary Gamberg (Gamberg Consulting) $53,561
Enhancing community-based monitoring of ecosystem changes in the ISR through the bridging of western scientific knowledge with local and traditional ecological knowledge Vic Gillman (Fisheries Joint Management Committee) $29,750
An East Hudson Bay Network research initiative on regional metal accumulation in the marine food web Joel Heath (The Arctic Eider Society) and John Chételat (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $72,911
Community-Based Monitoring of Arctic Char in Nunatsiavut: Increasing Capacity, Building Knowledge Rodd Laing (Nunatsiavut Government), Derek Muir and Marlene Evans (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $8,786
Tlicho Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Program (TAEMP) Jody Pellissey (Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board) $16,800
Contaminants concentrations in traditional country food from the Eclipse Sound and dietary exposure in Pond Inlet, Nunavut: Science and local knowledge assessing a short-term and local baseline of the risks to human health James Simonee, Pond Inlet $49,956
Variable fish mercury concentrations in the Dehcho: effects of catchment control and invertebrate community composition Heidi Swanson (University of Waterloo) and George Low (Dehcho First Nations) $23,978

Total Community Based Monitoring and Research: $255,742


Environmental monitoring and research
Project TitleProject leaderFunding Awarded
Investigation of the Toxic Effects of Mercury in Landlocked Arctic Char Niladri Basu (McGill University) $52,383
Temporal Trends of Contaminants in Arctic Seabirds Eggs Birgit Braune (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $72,445
Metabolomic consequences of elevated PCB exposure in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) in Labrador: an expanded toxicological repertoire to characterize health impacts Tanya Brown (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and John Cosgrove (AXYS Analytical Services Ltd) $24,730
Climate change, contaminants, ecotoxicology: interactions in Arctic seabirds at their southern range limits Kyle Elliot (McGill University) and Kim Fernie (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $35,090
Spatial and Long-term Trends in Persistent Organic Contaminants and Metals in Lake Trout and Burbot from the Northwest Territories Marlene Evans and Derek Muir (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $32,240
Temporal trends and spatial variations in mercury in sea-run Arctic char from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Marlene Evans and Derek Muir (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $12,930
Arctic Caribou Contaminant Monitoring Program Mary Gamberg (Gamberg Consulting) $78,353
Northern Contaminants Air Monitoring: Organic Pollutant Measurement Hayley Hung (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $194,707
Passive Air Sampling Network for Organic Pollutants and Mercury Hayley Hung (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $32,748
Assessing Persistent Organic Pollutants in Canadian Arctic Air and Water as an Entry Point into the Arctic Food Chain Liisa Jantunen (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $29,852
Temporal and Spatial Trends of Legacy and Emerging Organic and Metal/Element Contaminants in Canadian Polar Bears Robert Letcher (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $36,580
Plastics as a vector of contaminants in Arctic seabirds Mark Mallory and Jennifer Provencher  (Acadia University) $18,678
Community based seawater monitoring for organic contaminants and mercury in the Canadian Arctic Derek Muir, Amilia DeSilva and Jane Kirk (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Rainer Lohmann (University of Rhode Island) $39,720
Temporal Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Metals in Ringed Seals from the Canadian Arctic  Derek Muir and Magali Houde (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $76,680
Temporal Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Mercury in Landlocked Char in the High Arctic Derek Muir and Jane Kirk (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Günter Köck  (Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies) $36,550
Air Measurements of Mercury at Alert and Little Fox Lake Alexandra Steffen (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $120,830
Long Term Trends of Halogenated Organic Contaminants and Metals in Lake Trout from Two Yukon Lakes; Kusawa and Laberge Gary Stern (University of Manitoba) $35,972
Temporal trends of mercury and halogenated organic compounds in Hendrickson Island and Sanikiluaq beluga Gary Stern (University of Manitoba) $75,913
Temporal Trend Studies of Trace Metals and Halogenated Organic Contaminants (HOCs), Including New and Emerging Persistent Compounds, in Mackenzie River Burbot, Fort Good Hope, NWT Gary Stern (University of Manitoba) $27,666
Glacier melt and soil/permafrost thaw inputs of mercury and emerging organic contaminants to a pristine high Arctic watershed in Quttinirpaaq National Park, northern Ellesmere Island, Nunavut Vincent St.Louis (University of Alberta), Derek Muir (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Igor Lehnherr (University of Toronto Mississauga), and Kyra St-Pierre (University of Alberta) $44,712
The effect of retrogressive thaw slumps on the delivery of high loads of toxic methylmercury to downstream freshwater systems in the Peel Plateau region, NT Suzanne Tank and Vincent St.Louis (University of Alberta) $11,259



Communications, capacity, and outreach
Project TitleProject leaderFunding Awarded
Nunavik Inuit Research Advisor: Building Health and Environment Research Capacity in the Nunavik Region Michael Barrett (Kativik Regional Government) $35,500
Learning about ringed seal health from contaminants science and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: an educational workshop in Resolute, Nunavut Dominique Henri and Magali Houde (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $11,300
Nunavik Nutrition and Health Committee: Coordinating and Learning from Contaminants Research in Nunavik Elena Labranche (Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services) $90,471
Nunavut Environmental Contaminants Committee Karla Letto (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada - Iqaluit) $38,990
NCP Communications, Capacity and Outreach Products for Policy Makers and Inuvialuit Communities in the ISR Shannon O'Hara (Inuvialuit Regional Corporation) $43,700
Coordination, participation and communication: evolving Inuit Research Advisor responsibilities in Nunatsiavut for the benefit of Inuit and their communities Carla Pamak (Nunatsiavut Government) $23,750
Northwest Territories Regional Contaminants Committee Emma Pike (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) and Tim Heron (Northwest Territories Métis Nation) $124,200
Northern Contaminants Researcher - Nunatsiavut Liz Pijogge (Nunatsiavut Government) $48,754
Yukon Contaminants Committee and INAC Regional Office Coordination 2016-2017 Ellen Sedlack (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) $16,000
Wildlife Contaminants Workshop - building contaminants research capacity in Nunavut Jamal Shirley, Jason Carpenter (Nunavut Arctic College) $68,336



Program coordination and Aboriginal partnerships
Project TitleProject leaderFunding Awarded
Atmospheric Passive Sampling (GAPS) Network in support of Global Monitoring Plan (Effectiveness Evaluation) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Tom Harner (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $10,000
Coordination and Administration of the Northern Contaminants Program Sarah Kalhok (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) $371,500
Facilitation of International Action Related to the Long-range Transport of Contaminants into the Arctic and Canadian Support for Implementing the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Sarah Kalhok and Jason Stow(Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada), Lars-Otto Reiersen and Simon Wilson (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program- Secretariat)  $210,000
Support to the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue Ellsworth LeDrew and Julie Friddell (University of Waterloo) $97,000
ITK National Coordination Eric Loring (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) $156,400
Dene Nation Participation in Northern Contaminants Program Rolland Pangowish (Dene Nation) $40,000
Northern Contaminants Interlaboratory Quality Assurance Program Eric Reiner (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario) and Pat Falletta (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $80,960
Inuit Circumpolar Council – Canada Activities in Support of Circumpolar and Global Contaminant Instruments and Activities Tom Sheldon (Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada) $173,765
Council of Yukon First Nations Participation in the Northern Contaminants Program Bob Van Dijken (Council of Yukon First Nations) $61,238
NCP Publications Database Shannon Vossepoel (Arctic Institute of North America) $37,835



GRAND TOTAL: $4,146,309


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