Aurora College Research Ethics Committee

The Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC) reviews research for compliance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Research Involving Humans (TCPS). The research licensing process in the Northwest Territories requires researchers to submit an approval letter from a research ethics board (REB) or committee before researchers are allowed to begin their studies.

There are a few cases where you may be required to seek approval from the Aurora College REC. You will require Aurora College REC approval if:

  • your study involves human participants; AND
  • you are a staff or student of Aurora College OR
  • you do not already have approval from a different accredited REB, for example from your home university (unless your study involves Aurora College staff or students)

Please note: researchers without access to an institutional REB can obtain ethical approval through the Aurora College REC for a fee (please see “How to Submit an Application”). If you are uncertain whether your study requires a research ethics review from the Aurora College REC, please contact the Scientific Services Office at the Aurora Research Institute at (867) 777-3298 or

All new research is reviewed by the full committee at the next available monthly meeting. The process of ethics review can be time-consuming, as it requires some dialogue between the researcher, the research ethics office, and the REC. We strongly recommend submitting your protocol for review at least 8 weeks before the proposed start date of research activities. Please consult the REC Meeting Schedule for monthly meeting dates and plan your submission accordingly. The REC cannot accommodate expedited or emergency reviews, even in cases where research or funding timelines are short.


For more information, please contact:

Jessica Dutton
Manager, Research Ethics & Regional Programs
Room 139, Aurora College
50 Conibear Cres
Fort Smith, NT