Our main goal at this time is to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the Aurora College/Aurora Research Institute community and to reduce the risk to communities across the Northwest Territories.

The Western Arctic (WARC), North Slave (NSRC) and South Slave (SSRC) Research Centres are currently closed.  All of the WARC research support and logistical services for outside researchers are suspended at this time. For information about the impacts on Aurora Research Institute and Aurora College operations, please see the Aurora College website linked here.

For information on the COVID-19 response plan from the Research Ethics Committee click here.

In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the ARI postponed the review process for research license applications in the NWT in April.  With the Emerging Wisely plan to ease public health restrictions in the NWT, ARI will resume processing research licence applications. Submissions may experience significant delays as the capacity to engage in review responses will take time. 

All research must be compliant with the directions from the Chief Public Health Officer. Please review the NWT CPHO advisories for updated COVID-19 information and travel directives: 

If you have any questions about this message or about the NWT research licensing process, please contact us at