Research Database

Find information about past and current research in the Northwest Territories using the tools below:


NWT Research Database
NWT Research Database

Explore this vast online database of research conducted in the NWT.

The Northwest Territories Research Database offers different search options and filters to explore GNWT-issued permits and licences for research conducted from 1974 to present.

This online database offers many tools such as: a search engine, a Researcher Directory, an Organization Directory, and an interactive map of the Northwest Territories. You also have the ability to export the data in the research database in Excel files.

The database is organized into three separate sections:

  • Scientific Research Licences (issued by the Aurora Research Institute)
  • Wildlife Research Permits (issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Wildlife Division)
  • Archaeologists Permits (issued by the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)

The NWT Research Database can be found at:


Map Search - NWT Research Database

Start your database survey using an interactive map.

You can search for Scientific Research Licences from the Northwest Territories Research Database using a dynamic map showing all communities in the Northwest Territories.

Follow the link to explore the map:


Compendia of Research

You can also find information about past research by exploring the Compendium of Research in the Northwest Territories, an annual publication by the Aurora Research Institute (ARI).

The compendia are a compilation of summaries of research projects conducted in the NWT that are licensed and/or permitted by:

  • Aurora Research Institute;
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Wildlife Division;
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, and;
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Hard copies of this publication are distributed every year to all community organizations involved in research regulatory processes, as well as local libraries and high schools.

The content of past compendia has been included in the NWT Research Database.

PDF copies of the compendia from 1994 to the most recent edition can be downloaded from ARI’s website at the link below: