Cree health officials urge hunters to switch to steel shot, abandon lead – CBC

Health board putting pressure on federal gov’t to ban lead shot outright

May 09, 2017

As many Quebec Cree are out celebrating one of the most important holidays of the year — the annual spring goose hunt — public health officials are spreading an important message: change your shot from lead to steel.

Paul Linton, the assistant director of public health for the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, which launched the public education campaign earlier this year, says the use of lead shot is a particular concern in Cree and other northern communities, because of the amount of traditional food the population is eating.

“Shot” is the term used to refer to the little pellets fired from a shotgun.

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