A new report has been released that examines the levels of environmental chemicals within the First Nations population.

The study included samples taken from 503 First Nations adults who are 20 years of age or over.

The samples were taken in 2011.

The study determined that there are generally no significant differences between First Nations and the rest of the population when it comes to trace metals and environmetal chemicals.

However there are a few exceptions.

For instance the study found cotinine levels and cadmium levels were significantly higher within First Nations participants.

However the study said this was likely due to an over-representation of smokers within the group.

The study is 736 pages and can be downloaded off the AFN website.

It’s called The First Nations Biomonitoring Initiative – National Results.