Harmful Chemicals Affect First Nations

Harmful Chemicals Affect First NationsA new study has been making efforts to expose health problem being faced by people in First Nations community living near one of Canada's most industrialized areas. It has been long suspected by members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation living on a reserve near Sarnia, Ontario, that harmful chemicals have been attributable to low male birth rate and other reported health issues.

McGill University professor performed a test that figured out that mothers and children are being exposed to higher-than-average levels of harmful hormone-blocking pollutants.

Niladri Basu, a McGill professor and the study's lead author, said that said that there is a need to conduct more detailed research to establish a link between pollutants, health risks and the surrounding environment

However, Basu said that it is the first study that has showed that mother and children in the area are exposed to a number of pollutants.

Elaine MacDonald is a scientist who co-authored the 2007 Ecojustice report. He said that he feels that Basu's study will spark further researches.

"This is a start, and it's a great start, but to me there's so much that needs to be done, and there's no money", she said. She added that there is a need for a study focusing on air pollutants.