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NCP Funded Projects (2019-2020)

There are 53 projects funded under the Northern Contaminants Program for the 2019-2020 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
Project Title Project Leader(s) Funding Awarded
Yukon Contaminant Biomonitoring: Old Crow Brian Laird (University of Waterloo) $233,163
Exposure to Food Chain Contaminants in Nunavik: Biomonitoring in Adult and Youth Cohorts of the Qanuilirpitaa? Survey (Year 3) Pierre Ayotte and Mélanie Lemire (Université Laval) $381,858
Exposure to Food Chain Contaminants in Nunavik: Evaluating Spatial and Time Trends Among Pregnant Women and Implementing Effective Health Communication for Healthy Pregnancies and Children (Year 4 of 4) Chris Furgal (Trent University) and Mélanie Lemire and Pierre Ayotte (Université Laval) $182,505
Country Foods for Good Health: Developing a Country Food Database for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region Brian Laird and Sonja Ostertag (University of Waterloo) $133,285

Total Funding Awarded to Human Health projects: $930,811

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Community-Based Monitoring and Research
Project Title Project Leader(s) Funding Awarded
Understanding Fish Mercury Concentrations in Dehcho Lakes George Low, Dehcho First Nations;
Mike Low, Dehcho First Nations;
Heidi Swanson, University of Waterloo
$33,385
Community-Based Monitoring of Arctic Char in Nunatsiavut: Increasing Capacity, Building Knowledge Rodd Laing, Nunatsiavut Government;
Derek Muir and Jane Kirk, Environment and Climate Change Canada
$6,140
Contaminants in Traditional Foods of the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation Josee Tremblay, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun $27,462
Tłı̨chǫ Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Project (TAEMP) Michael Birlea, Tłı̨chǫ Government $47,370
Expanding Community-Based Monitoring of Contaminants Concentrations in Marine Country Food Used by Mittimatalingmiut: Science and Local Knowledge Assessing the Risks to Human Health in Pond Inlet James Simonee, Community-Based Researcher in Pond Inlet $68,552
Mobilizing Inuit Knowledge and Land Use Observations to Assess Ecosystem Trends and Processes Affecting Contaminants Joel Heath and Lucassie Arragutainaq, Arctic Eider Society $39,560
Contaminants in Traditional Food in the White River First Nation Territory Ray Sabo, White River First Nation $22,675
Traditional Foods Contaminant Monitoring Program Anna Schmidt and Stephen Badwhar, Taku River Tlingit First Nation $24,714
Community Monitoring of Plastic Pollution in Wild Food and Environments in Nunatsiavut Max Liboiron, Memorial University of Newfoundland;
Liz Pijogge, Nunatsiavut Government
$43,654
Contaminant Monitoring and Community Interests in the Lower Northwest Passage James Qitsualik, Gjoa Haven Hunters and Trappers Association;
Virginia K. Walker, Queen’s University
$13,973
Sources of Methylmercury, Perfluoroalkyl Substances, and Polychlorinated Biphenyls to Ringed Seal Food Webs of Lake Melville, Northern Labrador Jane Kirk and Sarah Roberts, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC);
Liz Pijogge, Nunatsiavut Government
$29,975

Total Funding Awarded to Community-Based Monitoring and Research projects: $357,460

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Environmental Monitoring and Research
Project Title Project Leader(s) Funding Awarded
Northern Contaminants Air Monitoring: Organic Pollutant Measurements Hayley Hung, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) $138,819
Air Measurements of Mercury at Alert, Nunavut and Little Fox Lake, Yukon Alexandra Steffen, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) $108,300
Passive Air Sampling Network for Organic Pollutants and Mercury Hayley Hung and Alexandra Steffen, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) $32,153
Temporal Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Metals in Ringed Seals from the Canadian Arctic Magali Houde and Derek Muir, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC);
Steve Ferguson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
$55,700
Temporal and Spatial Trends of Legacy and Emerging Organic and Metal/Elemental Contaminants in Canadian Polar Bears Dr. Robert Letcher, Environment and Climate Chance Canada (ECCC), Ottawa
Markus Dyck, Government of Nunavut
$34,060
Temporal Trends of Mercury and Halogenated Organic Compounds (Legacy and Emerging) in Three Beluga Populations Landed at Hendrickson Island NT, Sanikiluaq NU and Pangnirtung NU Lisa Loseto, Steven Ferguson, and Cortney Watt, Fisheries Oceans Canada (DFO) $71,525
Temporal Trends of Contaminants in Arctic Seabird Eggs Philippe Thomas, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Carleton University $86,998
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 (ECCC) $16,100
Temporal Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Mercury in Landlocked char in High Arctic Lakes Derek Muir and Jane Kirk, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Günter Köck, Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies (ÖAW-IGF)
$58,475
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 (ECCC) $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 and Paloma Carvalho, University of Manitoba $24,506
Temporal Trends in Yukon Lake Trout Mary Gamberg, Gamberg Consulting $34,201
Caribou Contaminant Monitoring Mary Gamberg, Gamberg Consulting $89,740
Community Based Seawater Monitoring for Organic Contaminants and Mercury in the Canadian Arctic Jane Kirk, Amila De Silva and Derek Muir, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Rainer Lohmann, University of Rhode Island
$42,710
Assessing Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Canadian Arctic Air and Water Bodies as an Entry Point into the Arctic Food Chain Liisa Jantunen, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) $34,650
Transport and Fate of Mercury, Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances and Organophosphate Esters Along a Hydrological Path from Glaciers to Downstream Lake Hazen (Nunavut) Igor Lehnherr, University of Toronto (U of T)
Amila De Silva, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
$22,454
Climate Change, Contaminants, Ecotoxicology: Overwinter Interactions in Arctic Seabirds near their Southern Range Limits Kyle Elliott, McGill University
Kim Fernie, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
$37,600
Microplastics Contamination in Sediment, Water, Snow/Ice and Fish of the Canadian Arctic Patricia Corcoran, University of Western Ontario (UWO)
Liisa Jantunen, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
$72,525
Contaminants in Birds Consumed in Nunavut: Combining Historical Data with New Measurements in the North Baffin Region Pierre Legagneux, Université Laval $43,005
Influences of Environmental Change on Levels and Trends of Methylmercury in the Beaufort Beluga Food Web Amanda Giang and Miling Li, University of British Columbia (UBC) $15,000

Total Funding Awarded to Environmental Monitoring and Research projects: $1,067,321

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Communications, Capacity and Outreach
Project Title Project Leader(s) Funding Awarded
Yukon Contaminants Committee (YCC) Ellen Sedlack, YCC and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Merran Smith, YCC and Council of Yukon First Nations
$2,500
Northwest Territories Regional Contaminants Committee (NWTRCC) Emma Pike, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
Tim Heron, NWTRCC and Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN)
Kendra Tingmiak, NWTRCC and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
$165,905
Nunavut Environmental Contaminants Committee (NECC) Jean Allen, NECC, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. $70,925
Nunavik Nutrition and Health Committee (NNHC): Coordinating, Learning and Communicating on Contaminants Research in Nunavik Marie Rochette, NNHC Chairperson and Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS)
Marie-Josée Gauthier, NNHC Coordinator, NRBHSS
$118,778
Northern Contaminants Researcher (NCR) Liz Pijogge, NCR and Nunatsiavut Government (NG) $46,454
Coordination, participation and communication: evolving Inuit Research Advisor responsibilities in Nunatsiavut for the benefit of Inuit and their communities Carla Pamak, Nunatsiavut Government (NG) $26,750
Inuit Research Advisor for Inuvialuit Settlement Region: A new approach to engage and partner with the Northern Contaminants Program Kendra Tingmiak, Northwest Territories Regional Contaminants Committee (NWT RCC) and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) $63,250
Nunavik Inuit Research Advisor: Environmental, Health and Climate Change Research in Nunavik Markusi Qisiiq and Michael Barrett, Kativik Regional Government $63,250
Wildlife Contaminants Workshop – Building Contaminants Research Capacity in Nunavut Mary Gamberg, Gamberg Consulting
Jennifer Provencher, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Jamal Shirley and Jason Carpenter, Nunavut Arctic College
$43,947
Learning about Ringed Seal Health from Contaminants Science and Inuit Knowledge: An Educational Workshop in Nain, Nunatsiavut Paul McCarney and Liz Pijogge, Nunatsiavut Government
Dominique Henri and Magali Houde, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
$43,860
Caribou Workshop: Providing Synthesized Contaminants Messages in a Broader Context of Caribou Health, Management and Culture Mary Gamberg, Gamberg Consulting $38,481
Nuna Tariuq Silalu Film Project: Food Security, Global Environmental Changes, and Resilience in the Canadian Arctic, using Participatory Video Method Maeva Gauthier, University of Victoria $39,100

Total Funding Awarded to Communications, Capacity and Outreach projects: $723,200

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Program Coordination and Indigenous Partnerships
Project Title Project Leader(s) Funding Awarded
Coordination and Administration of the Northern Contaminants Program Overall lead: Sarah Kalhok Bourque, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
Data Management Support to the NCP from the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue Wesley Van Wychen & Greg Vey (University of Waterloo) $86,825
NCP Publications Database Shannon Christoffersen (Arctic Institute of North America) $37,835
NCP and AMAP Quality Assurance/Quality Control Interlaboratory Study Harold Malle (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $106,500
NCP Secretariat: operational support and coordination for the NCP Sarah Kalhok Bourque (CIRNAC) $274,568
$505,728
Facilitation of International Action Related to the Long-range Transport of Contaminants into the Arctic Overall lead: Sarah Kalhok Bourque, CIRNAC
Canada’s support to the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Rolf Rødven and Simon Wilson (AMAP Secretariat) $180,000
Global Atmospheric Passive Sampling Network in support of Global Monitoring Plan (Effectiveness Evaluation) of the Stockholm Convention on POPs Tom Harner (Environment and Climate Change Canada) $10,000
$190,000
Council of Yukon First Nations Participation in the Northern Contaminants Program Merran Smith, Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) $37,375
Dene Nation Participation in the Northern Contaminants Program Trevor Teed, Dene National and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Northwest Territories Office $41,227
Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami (ITK) National Coordination Eric Loring, ITK $163,300
Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada’s Activities Under the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) Eva Kruemmel, ICC $178,020

Total Funding Awarded to Program Coordination and Indigenous Partnerships projects: $1,115,650

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