May, 3 2023

We're "over the moon" to announce that after five years of dedication, the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) has successfully seen its AuroraSat nanosatellite launched into space last Monday on April 24, 2023, at 6:15 AM MT, thanks to the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer aboard the International Space Station (ISS)! Now in low Earth orbit alongside NEODOSE (McMaster University) and YukonSat (Yukon University), our nanosatellite will share the incredible artwork and stories from the Northwest Territories with the world for the next 12-18 months.

April, 28 2023

The South Slave Research Center has released its Spring 2023 newsletter, which highlights several exciting updates from the region. The newsletter recognizes national awards for ARI STEM team, a new Outreach Coordinator Intern(Jarod), a community profile of Lorne Napier, a collaboration with the South Slave MakerSpace Project, and updates on land monitoring Zoom webinar with wildlife cameras and audio recorders. Additionally, the newsletter includes research updates on various projects underway at ARI. It's an informative read that provides a glimpse into the innovative work happening at the South Slave Research Center. Read the newsletter to learn more!

April, 25 2023

A recent study co-authored by Aurora Research Institute researcher, Mike Palmer, in the Journal of Hazardous Materials reveals that legacy arsenic pollution from historical mining activities in Yellowknife Bay is being remobilized from contaminated lake sediments, making them a primary source of dissolved arsenic in the bay's water. Despite this, water concentrations consistently remain below Health Canada's Drinking Water guidelines for arsenic, posing no immediate public health concerns. The research emphasizes the importance of considering lake sediments as a major arsenic source and incorporating this information into future environmental management and monitoring strategies.

July, 20 2022

Come learn about the plants of the Mackenzie Delta: their traditional uses and adaptations for life in the Arctic. Tours of the Ethnobotany Garden in Inuvik are Wednesdays at 4:00 PM from July 20 to September 15, 2022.

May, 19 2022

Aurora College’s research division, the Aurora Research Institute (ARI), will be able to continue and expand its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) outreach programming to students, teachers and communities across the Northwest Territories thanks to a new $475,000 grant.

March, 25 2022

The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) at Aurora College is the new host of the Northern Canada Food Initiatives map, an interactive map depicting food-related initiatives in the Far North.

February, 17 2022

Applications are now open for tri-council grant writing workshops in March (Open to ALL NWT residents)

January, 17 2022

A new article has just been published online in Nature Reviews Earth and Environment

January, 12 2022

A new local meteoric water line for Inuvik (NT, Canada)

The paper presents a new local meteoric water line (LMWL) of stable oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in precipitation from Inuvik in the western Canadian Arctic. Data were obtained over 37 months between August 2015 and August 2018 resulting in 134 measurements of the isotopic composition of both types of precipitation, snow and rain.

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January, 7 2022

Manager, Technology & Manufacturing, Western Arctic Research Centre located in Inuvik, Northwest Territories

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