Please note that the message from the Chair is updated at the end of each fiscal year to provide current information on the Board.
From 2017/2018 Annual Report:
“Again in 2017-2018 benefit payments in excess of $1.1 million were made to people from Grassy Narrows First Nation and Wabaseemoong Independent Nations who have symptoms consistent with mercury poisoning.
The Board continues to try and learn more about the impact of mercury on eye health. University of Manitoba researchers used a different technique known as Goldmann tests to gain more insight into the eye health of a number of people who have received neurological assessments. Research findings are expected in 2018-19.
The Board said farewell to Dr. Stefan Pacin who completed the neurological assessments for adults for 13+ years. His long service and commitment has been important to the Board’s work.
Discussions among the parties continue in the Mercury Disability Board Reform process (which follow the Mercury Disability Board Review). The Board is not a party to those discussions and continues, within the constraints of the legislation, and the plan document, to manage the neurological assessment process on behalf of the communities served.”
Margaret Wanlin, Chairperson
The website will give community members living both in the community and off reserve, visitors and visiting workers to the community and the general public the ability to learn more about the history of the contamination of the river systems, the negotiation process, the development of the Mercury Disability Board and Mercury Disability Fund and how the Board operates.
Historical community information around the contamination and its effect on the communities can be found under the Affected Communities link. The FAQ section answers many questions asked by community members around processing claims, hair and blood sample usage and how to speak to the Board in person.
I recommend taking the time to look around the site to learn more about the mercury contamination issue still facing the communities.
(Former) Chief Eric Fisher, Wabaseemoong Independent Nations
Eligibility to Apply for Benefits
For a person to be eligible to apply for benefits (per legislation), that person must be a current member of Grassy Narrows First Nation or Wabaseemoong Independent Nations; a past member of one of the two bands; or a registered Indian who was customarily resident on one the two first nation communities prior to the first day of October 1985
Did You Know…
that since inception to March 31, 2019 the Mercury Disability Board has processed 1253 initial applications for benefits.