Northern Contaminants Program (NCP)
NCP is a Federal Government national program on long range contaminants and impact on the environment and human health in Canada. NCP has regional committees in northern Canada to carry out their work. In recent years, the need to have NCP balanced support in the North for all aboriginal communities was raised in NWT RCC meetings.
Initial research into the connection between long range contaminants like mercury, PCBs etc. and consumption of traditional foods in northern communities, indicated high levels of contaminants in marine mammals. Some initial research was also done in the Mackenzie Valley, but for over 24 years until now, most of the research and communications funding, including funding for regional Inuit research assistants, has gone to Arctic Inuit communities. Dene/Metis communities in the Mackenzie Valley have been neglected, although concerns over contaminants and consumption of traditional foods are just as valid and urgent for the survival of the people here.
Over the past few years, in the work of NWT RCC, Dene and Metis communities have advocated to refocus and do more NCP work in Mackenzie Valley communities, and that research funding and communication tools like regional research assistants be provided to each region.
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NWT CUMULATIVE IMPACT MONITORING PROGRAM (NWT CIMP)
NWT CIMP is the obligation of all settled claims in the NWT and Part 6 of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act(MVRMA). Specific Funding for the program is provided by the Federal Government. The program is guided by a multi-party Steering Committee consisting of members of eight regional Aboriginal Governments, organizations, including Sahtu Secretariat Inc., as well as regulators, industry, the Territorial and Federal Governments.
With the help of the Aboriginal Steering committee, the program was transferred intact from AANDC post-devolution to the GNWT. The NWT CIMP is a source of science and some TK information in the NWT on caribou, water, and fish in geographic “hot spots” related to resource development. The office is located in Yellowknife with a staff of nine people.
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