Little new information on a definition of methylmercury poisoning contamination has shown up in studies on the subject.
Of concern is that the Mercury Disability Board does not have access to data gathered by Health Canada on levels of methylmercury in hair and blood samples of inhabitants tested in both communities. The data is not shared.
It is well established in various studies that child development problems occur in many children in both communities. This is evident in learning and behavioral problems. Studies should be conducted to determine the reality and extent of these problems.
There are other issues with regard to the study of data contained in clinical assessment forms. Important information on various aspects of the after-effects of contamination could become evident.
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.