Environmental Contaminants Program


Environmental Contaminants and Risk Assessment

People may be exposed to many sources of naturally occurring and man-made environmental contaminants. At certain levels, exposure to contaminants in air, water, food and soil can cause or contribute to a variety of adverse health effects. FNHA works to:

• Assist communities to partner with academic institutions and organizations on community-based studies

• Provide assistance when there are (suspected or confirmed) risks from contaminants to interpret test results and offer recommendations to control exposure

• Support public education about environmental contaminants for communities

What is the BC First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program?

The First Nations Health Authority: Environmental Contaminants Program (ECP) supports First Nations projects that explore the link between human health and environmental contaminants. It is intended to:

• Help First Nation communities address their environmental health concerns and support capacity development

•  Encourage community-based study of environmental health issues by integrating Indigenous ways of knowing, traditional knowledge and science

• Recognize that wellness is influenced by environmental, social, cultural and economic factors, and that Nations, family, community and land all play a part in our health

The ECP Guidelines for Proposals are available to assist communities in preparing a request for program funding. Please note that FNHA no longer holds an annual call for proposals. Requests for funding can be submitted through the Environmental Contaminants Program Coordinator.


For more information please contact:
Dionne Sanderson
Or email
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