On March 30th and 31st, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians announced the recipients of the $85 million Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund, including AHRN-NT. This new investment in the north’s research infrastructure network will build or upgrade key research facilities from Labrador to the Yukon as part of the federal government’s integrated Northern Strategy.
AHRN-NT responded to the Call for Proposals issued on February 20 with a plan to increase public health research facility space in NWT focusing on community-based methods, data collection, and analysis for public health research. The Infrastructure Fund will award up to $1,605,670 for this endeavour. Elsewhere in the NWT, the Aurora Research Institute in Inuvik will be completely rebuilt at a cost of $11 million and initiatives with NWT and Nunavut components were also funded including the Arctic Migratory Bird Research Network and Health Canada Radiological Monitoring Network.
AHRN-NT would like to congratulate all twenty recipients of the Infrastructure Fund and looks forward to working with researchers across the north. The full list can be viewed here.