To work in the NWT, researchers must make sure their work follows territorial and regional laws, policies and protocols.
Territory-Wide Legislation and Guidance
- NWT Health Information Act: Research that uses medical data records or time in hospitals requires a review under the Health Information Act and a research agreement with the hospitals. This process is coordinated through the Department of Health and Social Services Research Coordinator.
- NWT Scientists Act: This Act manages all research not involving wildlife in the NWT and is administered by the Aurora Research Institute.
- NWT Scientists Act regulations
- NWT Health Professions Act: This Act regulates the designated health and social services professions of the NWT.
- Department of Health and Social Services Research Q&A
- Aurora Research Institute: Scientific Research Licensing
- Email the Department of Health and Social Services Research Coordinator
Regional Protocols and Policies
- Dedats’eetsaa | Tłı̨chǫ Research and Training Institute
- Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute:
- Conducting Traditional Knowledge Research in the Gwich’in Settlement Area: A Guide for Researchers outlines best practices for research in the Gwich'in Settlement Area, including a checklist for researchers and expectations for reporting back, translation/interpretation and presentations to Chief and Council.
- Researcher Information provides guidance to researchers on how to approach their research project in the Gwich'in Settlement Area.
- Email the Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute Research Director
- Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board:
- Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
- Guidelines for Research in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region sets out in detail what the IRC is looking for in a draft research plan and what a researcher can expect, including timelines.
- IFA-101 is an eLearning program created by the IRC to increase understanding of Inuvialuit rights and importance of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA).
- Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami
- Northwest Territories Metis Nation: Research in the South Slave of the NWT
- Sambaa K’e Dene Band: Policy Regarding the Gathering, Use and Distribution Yúndíit’õh (Traditional Knowledge)