Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC)


Aurora College requires that all funded or unfunded research studies involving humans (living or deceased), their data, or human biological materials conducted under the auspices of Aurora College (i.e. students, staff, Investigators partnered with Aurora College) must have ethics committee approval by the Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC). The REC approval for these projects must be granted prior to the initiation of any study activities, including recruitment or analysis of existing data.

The Aurora College REC is established and empowered under the authority of Aurora College. The Aurora College REC is a volunteer committee of Aurora College faculty, staff, students and external community members who are passionate about ensuring that the research conducted in the Northwest Territories adheres to the highest ethical standard.

As a condition of any research involving human subjects, Aurora College REC observes the standards set out by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) and Aurora College Policy I.04 - Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human Subjects. The REC is also responsible for providing guidance and education to the Aurora College community regarding research involving human participants.

The process of ethics review can be time-consuming, as it requires some dialogue between the researcher, the research ethics office, and the REC. Some reviews may require additional time. We strongly recommend submitting your research protocol for review at least 6-8 weeks before the proposed start date of research activities. Please consult the REC Meeting Schedule for monthly meeting dates and plan your submission accordingly.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Sunila R. Kalkar
Manager, Research Ethics & Regional Programs
Aurora College
50 Conibear Cres
Fort Smith, NT