Outside the University of Alberta

UAlberta North represents the University in various organizations and collaboration agreements with northern partners, and monitors and maintains active relationships with research agencies. They include the following:

Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies

Established in 1978, the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) has been an indispensable organization for the advancement of northern scholarship. ACUNS plays a leadership role in promoting a diverse and comprehensive understanding of the North through the facilitation of collaborative research, knowledge mobilization, and education. It involves more than thirty post-secondary institutions across the country. The University of Alberta was the host of the 2018 triennial national student conference.

Aurora Research Institute

Aurora Research Institute (ARI) is the research division of Aurora College. With offices in Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife, ARI ensure the coordination of scientific research in the territory and the dissemination of knowledge acquired to the people of the Northwest Territory (NWT). ARI aims to develop Northern society through excellence in education, training and research that is sensitive to Northern culture, traditional knowledge and values and addresses the needs of NWT communities and people.

Canadian Mountain Network

The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is a voluntary alliance of partners from universities, governments, Indigenous communities, and businesses dedicated to the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across the country and around the world. CMN was established in January 2016 to collaboratively address the diverse challenges facing mountain regions by harnessing existing capacities and seeking new research relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and communities. CMN is hosted at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Science.

Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators

The Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO) is a network of research support facilities providing specialized technical services to academic, government, private and international scientific research sectors. CNNRO member facilities range from oceanographic research vessels and long-established research institutes and observatories to seasonal field stations and un-staffed remote monitoring installations.

Collège nordique francophone

Collège nordique francophone, based in Yellowknife, is the only educational institution North of 60 where students can develop linguistic and professional skills or pursue post-secondary studies in French, both in-person and online. The Collège has a formal collaboration agreement with the University of Alberta and offers select diploma programs together with the Centre Collégial de l'Alberta at Campus Saint-Jean.

Dechinta Bush University/Centre for Research and Learning

Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning is a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, university credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors to engage northern and southern youth in a transformative curricula based on the cutting-edge needs of Canada's North. The University of Alberta was the first to offer university credit for Dechinta courses, through the Faculty of Native Studies.

Edmonton Northern Partnership

Edmonton Northern Partnership's vision is to build and strengthen committed relationships between Edmonton and northern communities in order to help foster shared economic, social, and cultural prosperity. ENP founding partners are the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the University of Alberta, and Edmonton International Airport.

Nunavut Research Institute

The Nunavut Research Institute is the governing body responsible for licencing and permits for scientific researchers in Nunavut. They act to streamline the research experience of scientists in Nunavut by providing consultation experience with the Nunavummiut and creating research partnerships for scientists that address the needs of Nunavut communities. NRI also provides mentorship, guidance and support to scientists while they are working in the territory. A division of Nunavut Arctic College, NRI provides educational opportunities for the Nunavummiut in science.

Polar Knowledge Canada

Polar Knowledge Canada is a federal government agency, created in 2015, with a mandate to advance knowledge of the Canadian Arctic and other circumpolar regions, including Antarctica, strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, and improve opportunities for northern communities through scientific research. POLAR is responsible for operating the new Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut as an international research hub. It also provides targeted funding opportunities for researchers.

Telus World of Science - Edmonton

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is a non-profit organization dedicated to lifelong learning about science and technology. Its current expansion plans include an Arctic Gallery that will play a pivotal role in Arctic research and education, engaging guests in hands-on exhibits and activities on issues facing the circumpolar north, including climate change, resource development and cultural challenges.


The University of the Arctic is a world-wide collaborative network of post-secondary institutions, including the University of Alberta, and research facilities whose goal is to promote healthy Northern communities with sustainable economies. Through their decentralized hub, these institutes create global partnerships to enhance human capacity in the North. UArctic sponsors numerous thematic networks, some of which involve University of Alberta researchers.

Yukon CollegeYukon University

Yukon University is a leading post-secondary institution in northern Canada. An innovative learning community, Yukon University offers instruction at thirteen campuses, with its main campus, Ayamdigut, in Whitehorse. Yukon Research Centre, part of the University, investigates distinctly northern questions by applying science and traditional knowledge to offer innovative northern solutions. Yukon University collaborates with the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences to offer full degree programs and semester-long exchanges through the University of Alberta.


Inside the University of Alberta

UAlberta North works supportively with a number of major initiatives or portfolios at the University of UAlberta which involve a significant northern focus or presence on the ground, typically with local partners or national partners. Northern courses and learning experiences, including field schools and online courses, and major research initiatives at the University of Alberta can be found elsewhere on this site.

Canadian Ice Core ArchiveCanadian Ice Core Lab

The Canadian Ice Core Lab, based at the University of Alberta, is a national and international hub for research into climate, contaminant, and microbial history in the Arctic region. It opened in 2017 with 1.4 km of core samples from seven Arctic sites and is involved in ongoing coring expeditions and scientific collaborations with international partners. A parallel Permafrost Archives Science Laboratory also led by the Faculty of Science, is in development with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute

The Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) is dedicated to the revitalization of Canada's Indigenous languages through documentation, teaching, and literacy. An initiative of the Faculties of Arts, Education, and Native Studies, established in 2000, its purpose is to support individuals at the community level by providing basic training in linguistics, languages, second language teaching, and other aspects of professional enhancement such as language-related research and policy making. In addition to its annual summer school at the University, CILLDI has begun to offer courses in the Northwest Territories. 

Canadian Initiative for Nordic Studies

The Canadian Initiative for Nordic Studies (CINS) was established in 1987 at the University of Alberta to promote multidisciplinary academic and cultural interest in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, including the Faeroe Islands and Greenland. The mandate of the Initiative is national. It cooperates with the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC). It allocates funds for scholarships, travel and conferences.

Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Science

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Science (ALES) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Conservation Sciences (BSc ENCS), in Whitehorse, in collaboration with Yukon College, as well as a winter field school and Semester in the North. The BSc is tailored to a northern context and the need to engage Indigenous knowledge and communities. The Whitehorse program also supervises select MSc students. 

School of Public Health

The School of Public Health has advanced a Northern Outreach Strategy, in affiliation with the Yellowknife-based Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, to extend the reach of degree programs, internships, and research opportunities, and to formalize the appointment of Indigenous knowledge-holders as adjunct professors and resident teaching elders.

University of Alberta Libraries

The University of Alberta Libraries manages a significant material and digital collection - some housed in the Circumpolar Library - of northern publications, archives, databases, and other research data.

University of Alberta Press

University of Alberta Press has made publishing northern and Indigenous books a strategic focus. With a new imprint, Polynya Press, and the open-access digitization of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute back-list, UAP is Canada's leading academic publisher of northern titles.