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Several communities in northern Saskatchewan are located downstream of uranium mining operations. Since country foods such as fish, berries, and game are important food sources in northern communities, there is potential concern for human health risks associated with the long-range transport of parameters of potential concern (POPCs) from uranium mine operations. The community program is fully funded under by the Province of Saskatchewan.

The primary objective of the EARMP community program is to ensure the safety of traditionally harvested foods by monitoring and testing foods gathered from areas selected by each community. Community involvement is essential to the success of the program and to meet this objective, the following information has been collected independently by community members or in conjunction with CanNorth staff in the communities in northern Saskatchewan.

  • Water chemistry samples from each community sampling area;
  • Large-body fish flesh chemistry (lake trout and lake whitefish) from each community sampling area;
  • Berry chemistry (bog cranberry or blueberry chemistry from each community sampling area);
  • Soil chemistry and characterization from each berry sampling location;
  • Moose and/or barren-ground caribou chemistry from each community sampling area; and
  • Mammal organ chemistry (livers and kidneys) from community sampling areas.

Communities involved in the EARMP include Black Lake, Camsell Portage, Fond du Lac, Stony Rapids, Wollaston Lake/Hatchet Lake, and Uranium City. The sampling locations for the community program are dependent on where the community member(s) obtain the wildlife or vegetation from and consist of broad regional sampling areas. Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) aides in the identification and assessment of many potential sites for each species collected prior to sampling.

Please click here to see an overview map of the communities sampled for the EARMP.