Consumption of Freshwater Fish in Kahnawake: Risks and Benefits

Author Name: 
Hing Man Chana, Mary Trifonopoulosa, Amy Inga, Olivier Receveura, Eva Johnsonb
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 22, 1997
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A comprehensive study was conducted in 1996–1997 to address the local concern regarding health risks of contaminant exposure associated with freshwater fish consumption. The region studied was Lac St. Louis and outside of Montreal, Canada and research was conducted jointly by the Kahnawake Environment Office (KEO) and the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) at McGill University with knowledgeable consent. Forty-two participants, mostly active fishermen, were interviewed. Nutrient and contaminant levels of locally collected fish were analyzed. Fish were not shown to have a strongly unusual level of mercury in the Kahnawake River against common beliefs of Indigenous people and were proven to be safe to consume and could be promoted and advertised safely which had strong economic effects in the Montreal rivers and lakes regional communities.