Northern Ecosystems Toxicology Initiative (NETI)
University Council approved the implementation of the Northern Ecosystems Toxicology Initiative (NETI) in December 2000, as the second priority determination project at the U of S. Briefly, the objectives outlined in NETI are: (i) to evaluate the ecotoxicological and human health risks associated with northern resource development, (ii) to provide the next generation of toxicologists with the required training to address northern ecotoxicology issues and other emerging concerns, and (iii) to disseminate toxicological information to relevant government agencies and the people of Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s North.
The plan put forward to meet these objectives, which continues to be a work in progress, includes: (i) developing the best undergraduate toxicology program in the country and the first in western Canada, (ii) strengthening the existing Toxicology Graduate Program to make it the most comprehensive in Canada, (iii) building a unique collaborative toxicology research program focusing on northern ecosystems and people, and (iv) creating a public outreach and communication program to disseminate toxicological risk information to aboriginal people and others living in, or concerned with, Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s North. The initiative is built around the existing U of S Toxicology Centre, Toxicology Group, Toxicology Graduate Program, and various academic departments with existing environmental toxicology strengths (Biology, Geological Sciences, Soil Science, Veterinary Pathology, and Veterinary Biomedical Sciences) with expansion into four critical areas (aquatic vertebrate toxicology, wildlife toxicopathology, inorganic biogeochemistry, contaminant fate and transport), thus enhancing existing research expertise and course offerings.
The Northern Ecosystems Toxicology Initiative (NETI) is proud to work closely with leading scientists, within the University of Saskatchewan.