Radiocesium Levels in Northern Residents

Regions: Kivalliq Region, Nunavut

Tags: contaminants, health, social sciences, traditional food, food security, diet

Principal Investigator: Tracy, Bliss (1)
Licence Number: 9001
Organization: Health Protection Branch, Health and Welfare Canada, Ottawa
Licensed Year(s): 1989
Issued: Jan 01, 1989
Project Team: Dr.Gary Kramer; Leo Noel; Egan Cobbold; Barry Hauck; Joanne Lahey; Renato Falcomer; nutritional assistant; translator

Objective(s): to measure the body burdens of cesium-137 in residents of northern communities; to correlate these levels with diet especially with the amount of caribou and other traditional foods eaten; to be able to provide sound advice on the health effects of consuming traditional foods

Project Description: Dr. Bliss Tracy and team will be travelling to Baker Lake and to Rae-Edzo, NWT in order to complete whole body counts of radiocesium on the local people. Radiocesium falls from the air onto lichens, and is then eaten by caribou and passed on to people. The researchers will measure how much radiocesium is in people's bodies. They will document how much caribou is eaten so that they can advise people on the safety of eating caribou.