Indigenous Services Canada is providing funding through the First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program (FNECP) to help First Nations communities improve their health. The program supports these communities in identifying, investigating and characterizing the impact of exposure to environmental hazards.

Activities include community-based research, monitoring, risk assessment, risk communication and knowledge integration.

Contaminant areas of focus include any chemical or biological contaminants that are of concern to First Nations communities, based on potential human health risk due to exposure. This risk must be articulated and justified in the proposal.

Groups who are eligible for funding include:

  • First Nations communities (on reserve) and First Nations organizations south of the 60° parallel from:
    • Alberta
    • Manitoba
    • Saskatchewan
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • Atlantic Canada
  • bands
  • districts
  • councils
  • tribal councils and associations
  • governments of self-governing First Nations communities and regions
  • First Nations non-government and voluntary associations and organizations
    • these include non-profit corporations that work on behalf of, or in partnership with, a First Nations community

The FNECP requires all funded projects to be carried out in partnership with academically trained scientists with:

  • a track record of peer-reviewed publications in the field of the proposed project
  • a PhD/MSc-level for the primary research component
  • proven academic expertise and experience in conducting knowledge integration and risk communication for the knowledge integration and risk communication component

Project proposals are being accepted until January 4, 2021.

For further information, click here:

First Nations Health Authority Environmental Contaminants Program

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