Support for Researchers

A number of organizations can provide logistical or other support for your research project:

Aurora Research Institute Facilities

The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) operates three facilities, the Inuvik Research Centre, the North Slave Research Centre and the South Slave Research Centre. These facilities provide support to researchers operating in, respectively, the Inuvik, Yellowknife and Fort Smith regions. ARI facilities may be used by anyone conducting research, regardless of their sponsoring agency.

Western Arctic Research Centre
The Western Arctic Research Centre can provide researchers with office and laboratory space, access to a research library, and internet access. ARI accommodations are located near the research centre, and can host up to 24 researchers at a time. In addition, the centre is equipped with storage and freezer facilities and can provide field equipment and support to researchers. Examples of equipment available include snowmobiles, toboggans, boats and motors, tents, satellite phones, winter gear, and camping equipment. Contact the Manager of the Western Arctic Research Centre for a complete list of available items and a current fee schedule. The research centre can also provide research and monitoring services on a contractual basis, and can facilitate the hiring of local research assistants. The manager can also be contacted for information on regional field stations. For more information contact:

Manager, Western Arctic Research Centre
P.O. Box 1450
191 Mackenzie Road
Inuvik, NT
X0E 0T0
Phone: (867) 777-3298
Fax: (867) 777-4264

South Slave Research Centre
The South Slave Research Centre is located in Fort Smith, at the Thebacha Campus of Aurora College. The facility can provide office space, shared laboratory space, GIS capabilities, access to the Thebacha Campus Library, and internet access. The Facility conducts research as required by the community, and can act as a liaison, carry out contractual research, and assist in the hiring of local research assistants. For more information contact:

Manager, South Slave Research Centre
P.O. Box 45
Fort Smith, NT
X0E 0P0
Phone: (867) 872-4909
Fax: (867) 872-5024

North Slave Research Centre
The North Slave Research Centre is located at the Aurora College North Slave Campus in Yellowknife, and provides support to researchers in this region.

Manager, North Slave Research Centre
5004-54th Street
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2R3
Phone: (867) 920-3062
Fax: (867) 873-0358

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Northern Colleges

Similar to the Aurora Research Institute of Aurora College in the Northwest Territories, the colleges in Nunavut and the Yukon provide support to northern research in their respective territories:

Nunavut Arctic College
The Nunavut Research Institute, part of the Nunavut Arctic College, operates the Iqaluit Research Centre.

Services offered by the Iqaluit Research Centre include: research and data collection; research licensing; provision of some types of logistical support for Nunavut-based and visiting researchers; community liaison; identification, promotion, testing and development of technology; information on northern science and technology training opportunities; and promoting awareness of science, research, technology and traditional knowledge in Nunavut.

Nunavut Research Institute
P.O. Box 1720
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 979-7280
Fax: (867) 979-7109

Yukon College
The Northern Research Institute, a division of Yukon College, provides research services and support to the College and other organizations.

Northern Research Institute
500 College Drive, P.O. Box 2799
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 5K4
Phone: (867) 668-8772
Fax: (867) 456-8672

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Other Support

In addition to ARI, a number of organizations offer support for research projects in the NWT:

Arctic Institute of North America (AINA)
AINA is a non-profit organization and multi-disciplinary research institute based out of the University of Calgary. It is also responsible for the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) in the Yukon.

Arctic Institute of North America (AINA)
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. N.W.
Calgary, AB
T2N 1N4
Phone: (403) 220-7515
Fax: (403) 282-4609

ArcticNet is a large research network funded by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.

ArcticNet Inc.
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, Room 4081
1045, avenue de la Médecine,
Laval University
Québec City QC
G1V 0A6
Phone: (418) 656-5830
Fax: (418) 656-2334

Canadian Circumpolar Institute (CCI)
CCI promotes and supports research, education and training related to the boreal and circumpolar regions (Arctic and Antarctica).  The following areas form the core of its regular activities: research support and services; grants and scholarships; communication and knowledge transfer, and; graduate research support and training.

Canadian Circumpolar Institute (CCI)
Room 1-42 Pembina Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2H8
Phone: (780) 492-4512
Fax: (780) 492-1153

Canadian Polar Commission (CPC)
The Canadian Polar Commission has responsibility for: monitoring, promoting, and disseminating knowledge of the polar regions; contributing to public awareness of the importance of polar science to Canada; enhancing Canada's international profile as a circumpolar nation, and; recommending polar science policy direction to government. 

A map of all Northern Research Facilities (including field stations) is available on their website under: Home >> Canadian Polar Information Network (CPIN) >> Northern Research Facilities.  (

Canadian Polar Commission
Suite 1710, Constitution Square
360 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1R 7X7
Phone: (613) 943-8605
Fax: (613) 943-8607

Northern Contaminants Program (NCP)
The NCP allocates funds for contaminants research in the North, as well as related activities in four main areas: human health research, environmental monitoring and research, education and communications, and national/regional coordination and Aboriginal partnerships.

Northern Science and Contaminants Research Directorate
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
10 Wellington Street
Hull, QC
K1A 0H4

Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP)
The aim of NSTP is to promote interest in northern studies and provide opportunities for advanced and graduate students to obtain experience and professional training in the North. NSTP is a supplementary granting program to offset the additional costs of northern research.

Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP)
Secretary, NSTP Committee
Northern Science and Contaminants Research Directorate
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
360 Albert, Suite 1023
Ottawa, ON
K1R 7X7
Phone:(613) 995-6965
Fax: (613) 995-7029

Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP)
PCSP provides logistical assistance in the form of air support, radio schedules and equipment. Its base at Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island in the eastern Arctic serves as a staging area for research conducted in many locations throughout the Arctic. For more information contact:

Polar Continental Shelf Program
Executive Director
615 Booth Street, Room 487
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E9
Phone: (613) 947-1650
Fax: (613) 947-1611

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