About Us


The Aurora Research Institute, often referred to as ARI, is the research division of Aurora College.


The vision of the Aurora Research Institute is to be a leader in generating and sharing knowledge in the Northwest Territories. The Aurora Research Institute will use its expertise to build strategic partnerships that expand the territory’s research capacity, helping to ensure that research in the NWT produces meaningful outcomes for its residents while contributing to issues of global concern.


The Aurora Research Institute facilitates and conducts research in the Northwest Territories and acts as a hub of northern knowledge. The Aurora Research Institute advances the territory’s research capacity through discovery, outreach, and education.


The Aurora Research Institute is guided by six principles that form the foundation of our organization.


Leaders bring people, ideas, and resources together. We identify shared interests and find opportunities to maximize northern research capacity.


The energy, enthusiasm, and dedication of our staff are key factors in our success. We are committed to maintaining a positive, team-based research environment that optimizes the use of our skills, strengths, and interests.


Research should integrate all ways of knowing, including Indigenous and local knowledge. We actively incorporate different perspectives and knowledge in our work.


ARI seeks opportunities to build partnerships at the local, territorial, national, and international levels. We work with our partners to advance shared priorities, exchange ideas, and optimize the use of resources.

Discovery and innovation:

ARI strives to be a place of learning and discovery where innovation is encouraged and supported.


Research must be shared to have value. We look for opportunities to communicate the process and outcomes of research, and encourage others to do the same.


ARI provides its services through our three research offices:  our headquarters and the Western Arctic Research Centre in Inuvik, the South Slave Research Centre in Fort Smith, and the North Slave Research Centre in Yellowknife.