Resources and Training

Guidance documents and templates

The following documents are available to assist Principal Investigators (PIs) in completing their research ethics protocols for submission.

Completing an application for review (Appendix 1)
Designing a Consent Form (Appendix 2)

Preparing for a presentation to the REC (Appendix 3)
Populations of Special Consideration (Appendix 4)
Informed Consent and Assent (Appendix 5)

Consent form template (Research) (Coming Soon)
Consent form template (Course-based) (Coming Soon)

Research ethics resources

The following resources are available for PIs interested in learning more about research ethics in Canada and may be valuable teaching resources for students or research team members.

The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans is the standard for research ethics that all principal investigators must adhere to.

The OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession) Principles, developed by the National Aboriginal Health Organization and preserved by the First Nations Information and Governance Centre, are recommended for all researchers working with data collected from Indigenous people and/or communities. The Aurora College Research Ethics Committee requires that the OCAP principles be considered for all research they review.

The Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards is a source of resources and training on all topics of concern relating to research ethics.

The National Council on Ethics in Human Research provides discussion documents on issues central to research ethics, including the informed consent process, consent forms, and the voluntariness of research.

Training opportunities

The TCPS CORE Tutorial is available online from the Tri-Council Panel on Research Ethics. This is recommended for all researchers, research team members, and students who are planning to do research and/or applying for research ethics approval.
November 2019 – Fort Smith
An introduction to research ethics seminar will be offered to Aurora College staff, students, and the public. More details TBD.
January 2020 – Yellowknife
An introduction to research ethics seminar will be offered Aurora College staff, students, and the public. More details TBD.


For more information, please contact:

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