News

August, 16 2023

ATTENTION YELLOWKNIFE STUDENTS AND STAFF: Effective immediately, Aurora College’s Yellowknife North Slave Campus will be closed until at least Monday, August 21, 2023, due to the current wildfire situation. We will re-assess the closure as updates are received from city officials and emergency organizations.

June, 27 2023

The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) STEM Outreach team of Aurora College has been honored with the 2023 Premier's Award in the Teams category for their outstanding work in providing experiential STEM education to youth and educators across the Northwest Territories. Over the past year, they have organized more than 500 hands-on STEM events, engaging nearly 10,000 NWT youth in over 25 communities. The team has also mentored hundreds of teachers, equipping them with the necessary skills and tools for inquiry-driven STEM programming. By incorporating Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and partnering with regional organizations, they have successfully addressed the unique needs of Northern students and educators.

June, 14 2023

Join us at the Aurora Research Institute, Western Arctic Research Center, for our speaker series event, "The Personality of Permafrost in the Western Arctic" on June 28th, from 7-8 PM. Presenters Jen Humphries and Alice Wilson will discuss permafrost conditions, study methods, and notable projects within the NWT Ground Temperature Monitoring Network.

June, 8 2023

Aurora College has received a $150,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to address the healthcare workforce crisis in the Northwest Territories, with a focus on Indigenous and Northern youth. The project, "Spark the Fire," aims to encourage more diverse representation in healthcare and social services professions by drawing from Indigenous and Northern perspectives and strategies.

May, 8 2023

Get ready for an exciting speaker series at Aurora Research Institute Inuvik, titled "The Northern Social Economy in 2023: New Challenges and Opportunities." Join us on May 16th as we welcome Professor Chris Southcott from Lakehead University to explore innovative solutions driven by community-based social groups in northern communities. Gain valuable insights, connect with others, and empower our communities to drive sustainable growth. Don't miss this captivating event!  

May, 4 2023

The much-anticipated STEM community event, Science Rendezvous, is returning after a pause due to COVID-19! on Saturday, May 13th, we'll be back in full swing in both Inuvik and Fort Smith! In Inuvik, join us at the Midnight Sun Complex from 11AM to 3PM. We'll have engaging activities, demonstrations, and exhibits for all ages! Learn from experts, explore new technology, and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of STEM! In Fort Smith we are excited to host you at the Aurora College Thebacha Campus from 11AM to 2PM.

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.

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