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Aurora College Aurora Research Institute

Aurora College Aurora Research Institute

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Aurora College Aurora Research Institute

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  1. Aurora College Aurora Research Institute Expanding the Research Mandate from an Institutional Perspective ACCC - College & Institute Research Symposium – February 23, 2001

  2. Aurora CollegeHistorical Development 1968 - Establishment of the Adult Vocational Training Centre (AVTC) in Fort Smith. 1981 - Creation of Thebacha College in Fort Smith. 1984 - Arctic College was established, initially with campuses in Fort Smith and Iqaluit. 1994 - Arctic College and Science Institute of the NWT are amalgamated. 1995 - In advance of division, two separate colleges were created: Nunavut Arctic College in the East and Aurora College in the West. 1995 - Science Institute renamed Aurora Research Institute

  3. Aurora College Background • 1994 Arctic College & Science Institute of the NWT (SINT) amalgamate • 1995 Aurora College with Aurora Research Institute (ARI) • Nunavut Arctic College with Nunavut Research Institute • strengthen links between science & post-secondary education

  4. Aurora Research InstituteHistoric Roles & Responsibilities • As Science Institute of the NWT (SINT), ARI: • provided scientific & technological advice to the Legislative Assembly • licensed research in the NWT • managed research centres - Inuvik, Iqaluit & Igloolik • promoted science education • fostered technology development

  5. Aurora Research InstituteMission • Our mission is to promote the further development of communities within the NWT by advancing northern knowledge, by creating partnerships, and by providing leadership and programs which promote scientific research to meet community needs

  6. Aurora Research InstituteCurrent Roles & Responsibilities • GNWT advisor on science & technology • license research • educational resource • develop a Northern Research Agenda for the NWT • Incorporation & documentation of traditional knowledge • Research & education partnerships • Community groups • Government departments • Universities

  7. Aurora Research InstituteResearch Projects over the past 5 years • Traditional Plant Use • Inuvialuit History & Culture • Climate Change • Oil & Gas project • Plain Language summary of Gwich’in Land Claim • Aklavik National Park Traditional Place Name Project • Western Arctic Handbook

  8. Aurora Research InstituteIndustrial Research Assistance Program(IRAP) • Partnership with NRCan • Enhance northern technologies • Fibreglass North – Telephone Poles • Energy Wall – Energy efficient wall design • Build a strong northern knowledge base

  9. Aurora Research InstituteFuture Developments • Increased level of research by College staff & students • Increasing numbers of professional staff • Comprehensive northern research programs • Eligibility established with Canada Foundation for Innovation • Eligibility for other federal funding programs • NSERC & SSHRC • Long term development towards a University College

  10. Conclusion • Aurora College has established a strong research and technology division • Serves as base for northern knowledge and expertise • Working towards greater integration of education and research