Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo. A sign bordering the Giant Mine site warns residents of the arsenic-contaminated land.

The latest set of results from the Health Effects Monitoring Program are in.

The program was launched in 2017 as part of the environmental assessment for the Giant Mine Remediation Project. It has been previously established that mining activity has contaminated the land and water around Yellowknife, but this new research will determine baseline levels of arsenic exposure ahead of remediation at Giant Mine.

To do that, researchers are looking to collect toenail clippings and urine samples from 2,000 participants from Dettah, Ndilo and Yellowknife.

In May, all 2017 and 2018 participants will receive their results courtesy of Dr. Laurie Chan, a researcher in toxicology and environmental health at the University of Ottawa.

Chan, along with his team, will present summary results and the next steps of the ten-year monitoring program at a public meeting in two weeks. The meeting will take place on May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Northern United Place.

Meaghan Richens

Meaghan Richens is from Ottawa, Ont., and grew up in Perth. She moved to Yellowknife in May 2018 after completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Carleton University. She writes about politics,...

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