NCP Funded Projects (2017-2018)

Human health
Project Title Project leader Funding Awarded
Yukon Contaminant Biomonitoring: Investigating the Links Between Contaminant Exposure, Nutritional Status and Country Food Use.  Mary Gamberg (Gamberg Consulting) $54,340
Exposure to food chain contaminants in Nunavik: biomonitoring in adult and youth cohorts of the Qanuilirpitaa survey (Year 1 of 2)] Pierre Ayotte (CHUQ) $469,200
Food chain contaminants biomonitoring and effective health communication in Nunavik (Y2 of 3y project) Mélanie Lemire (CHUQ) $132,825
Quantifying the Effect of Transient and Permanent Dietary Transitions in the North on Human Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants and Mercury Frank Wania (U of T) and Meredith Curren (HC) $4,600
Contaminant Biomonitoring in the Northwest Territories: Investigating the Links Between Contaminant Exposure, Nutritional Status, and Country Food Use Brian Laird (Waterloo) $420,000

Total Human health: $1,080,965

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Community based monitoring and research
Project Title Project leader Funding Awarded
Variable fish mercury concentrations in the Dehcho: effects of catchment control and invertebrate community composition George Low (Deh Cho) $27,428
Community-Based Monitoring of Arctic Char in Nunatsiavut: Increasing Capacity, Building Knowledge Rodd Laing (Nunatsiavut Gov), Derek Muir (EC) and Marlene Evans (EC) $7,061
Tlicho Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Program (TAEMP) Jody Pellissey (WRRB) $13,200
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) $57,717
Mobilizing Inuit Knowledge and Land Use Observations to Assess Ecosystem Trends and Processes Affecting Contaminants  Joel Heath and Lucassie Arragutianaq $62,158
A East Hudson Bay Network research initiative on regional metal accumulation in the marine food web Joel Heath and John Chételat $65,321
Mercury in Seaweed and Lichens from the Home Range of the Qamanirjuaq Caribou Mary Gamberg (Gamberg Consulting) $10,780

Total Community based monitoring and research: $243,665

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Environmental monitoring and research
Project Title Project leader Funding Awarded
Northern Contaminants Air Monitoring: Organic Pollutant Measurement Hayley Hung (EC)  $187,207
Air Measurements of Mercury at Alert and Little Fox Lake Alexandra Steffen (EC)  $115,700
Passive Air Sampling Network for Organic Pollutants and Mercury Hayley Hung (EC)  $34,811
Temporal Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Metals in Ringed Seals from the Canadian Arctic Magali Houde and Derek Muir (EC) $52,594
Temporal and Spatial Trends of Legacy and Emerging Organic and Metal/Element Contaminants in Canadian Polar Bears Robert Letcher (EC) $34,630
Temporal trends of mercury and halogenated organic compounds in Hendrickson Island, Sanikiluaq and Pangnirtung beluga Gary Stern (UManitoba) $43,598
Temporal Trends of Contaminants in Arctic Seabirds Eggs Birgit Braune (EC) $77,125
Temporal trends and spatial variations in mercury in sea-run Arctic char from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Marlene Evans & Derek Muir (EC) $16,100
Temporal Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Mercury in Landlocked Char in the High Arctic Derek Muir, Jane Kirk, Günter Köck (EC & Austrian Academy of Sciences) $49,150
Spatial and Long-term Trends in Persistent Organic Contaminants and Metals in Lake Trout and Burbot from the Northwest Territories Marlene Evans & Derek Muir (EC) $48,800
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 (UManitoba) $34,604
Long Term Trends of Halogenated Organic Contaminants and Metals in Lake Trout from Two Yukon Lakes; Kusawa and Laberge Mary Gamberg, Derek Muir $36,080
Arctic Caribou Contaminant Monitoring Program Mary Gamberg, Derek Muir $85,590
Community based seawater monitoring for organic contaminants and mercury in the Canadian Arctic Derek Muir, Amilia DeSilva, Jane Kirk (EC), Rainer Lohmann (U Rhode Island) $40,780
Assessing Persistent Organic Pollutants in Canadian Arctic Air and Water as an Entry Point into the Arctic Food Chain Liisa Jantunen (EC), Gary Stern (UManitoba) $34,500
Investigation of the Toxic Effects of Mercury in Landlocked Arctic Char Niladri Basu (McGill) $56,005
Impact of climate change on the mobilization and bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in arctic freshwater systems  Ana Cabrerizo, Amilia DeSilva, Derek Muir (EC) $22,800
Climate change, contaminants, ecotoxicology: interactions in Arctic seabirds at their southern range limits  Kyle Elliot (McGill) and Kim Fernie (EC) $34,025
Plastics as a vector of contaminants in Arctic seabirds Mark Mallory (Acadia), and Jennifer Provencher (Carleton) $15,785
Microplastics in the Beaufort Sea beluga food web Peter S. Ross (Vancouver Aquarium) $36,800
Interacting effects of contaminants and climate change on the health of western Arctic beluga whales: applying an expanded gene expression toolbox to a time series Marie Noel (Vancouver Aquarium) and Lisa Loseto (DFO) $39,721
Surface-air mercury fluxes during spring snowmelt, Iqaluit, NU Murray Richardson (Carleton University) $41,113
Sources of methylmercury, perfluoroalkyl substances, and polychlorinated biphenyls to ringed seals of Lake Melville, Northern Labrador Jane Kirk (EC) $30,000
Investigating the Sources, Abundance and Types of Microplastics in the Arctic Chelsea Rochman (University of Toronto), Patricia Corcoran (Western University) $10,000
Fine-scale temporal changes in mercury accumulation in Labrador ringed seals (Pusa hispida) using laser ablation technology on whiskers and claws: influence of a changing ice regime Tanya Brown (MUN) and Marie Noel (Van Aquarium) $25,143
Temporal trends of emerging pollutant and mercury deposition through ice and sediment core sampling Cora Young (Memorial University) $45,000
Investigation into walleye mercury concentrations in Tathlina Lake Deb MacLatchy & Heidi Swanson $28,405

Total Environmental Monitoring and Research: $1,266,066

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Communications, capacity and outreach
Project Title Project leader Funding Awarded
Yukon AANDC Regional Office Coordination 2017/2018 Ellen Sedlak (INAC) $33,900
NWT Regional Contaminants Committee (NWT RCC) Emma Pike (INAC) $135,345
Nunavut Environmental Contaminants Committee  Andrew Dunford (NTI) and Jean Allen (INAC)  $69,630
Nunavik Nutrition and Health Committee: Coordinating and Learning from Contaminants Research in Nunavik Francoise Bouchard (NRBHSS/Quebec) $136,275
Northern Contaminants Researcher - Nunatsiavut Liz Pijogge (NG) $51,629
Coordination, participation and communication: evolving Inuit Research Advisor responsibilities in Nunatsiavut for the benefit of Inuit and their communities Carla Pamak (NG) $26,250
The Current State of Long Range Contaminants in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region Shannon O'Hara (IRC) $46,000
Nunavik Inuit Research Advisor: Building Health and Environment Research Capacity in the Nunavik Region Michael Barrett (KRG) $40,595
Wildlife Contaminants Workshop - building contaminants research capacity in Nunavut Jamal Shirley, Jason Carpenter (NRI), Mary Gamberg (Gamberg Consulting), Jennifer Provencher (Carleton) $48,459
Learning about ringed seal health from contaminants science and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: and educational workshop in Sachs Harbour, NWT Magali Houde (ECCC) and Jennifer Provencher (Acadia) $22,793

Total Communications, capacity and outreach: $610,876

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National and regional coordination
Project Title Project leader Funding Awarded
Coordination and Administration of the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) Sarah Kalhok (INAC) $538,000
Facilitation of International Action Related to the Long-range Transport of Contaminants into the Arctic Sarah Kalhok (INAC) $200,000
ITK National Coordination Eric Loring (ITK) $150,000
Inuit Circumpolar Council – Canada Activities in Support of Circumpolar and Global Contaminant Instruments and Activities Tom Sheldon (ICC-Canada) $158,125

Total National and regional coordination: $1,046,125

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