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 2016/2017 Annual Report:
“This year had a number of highlights including:
– Ophthalmology and electroretinogram examinations for fourteen people with eye sight limitations to better understand the condition and to rule out a number of causes.
– The Review of the Mercury Disability Board which began in the previous fiscal year was completed at the end of September 2016. The Board has yet to receive the report and is not privy to any discussions which may be underway among the parties.
– The Board said farewell to Dr. Michael Moffatt who served as Board physician for twelve years and Dr. Fran Booth who completed the neurological assessments for children for eighteen years. The long service and commitment of these physicians has been very important to the Board’s work.
– The Board is very pleased to welcome two Indigenous physician Board members – Dr. Sara Goulet and Dr. Lisa Monkman.
Within the constraints of the legislation and plan document, the Board continues to manage the neurological assessment process that saw over $1.1 million paid to people from Grassy Narrows First Nation and Wabaseemoong Independent Nations who have medical symptoms consistent with mercury poisoning.”
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, 2018 the Mercury Disability Board has processed 1121 initial applications for benefits.