In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, ArcticNet continues to work for and support its researchers, stakeholders, and end-users. We will update this page regularly with information for our researchers and HQP, communities and partners. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about COVID-19 and its impacts on your work.
The health and safety of communities is our top priority. As we become aware of changes, we will continue to post updates about the four land claims regions of Inuit Nunangat, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon here.
Field season in many regions has been impacted; please check with the respective region before proceeding with fieldwork plans.
Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR)
The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) has formally requested that only those required for essential services travel into the ISR. The IRC COVID-19 Resource Page will be updated throughout the pandemic.
As noted in the Premier’s update, all research in Nunavut is suspended. Strict travel restrictions for Nunavut dictate that only residents and approved critical workers may enter after serving a 14-day isolation at one of the four southern hubs. Travel to Nunavut for research is not permitted. Researchers who intend to visit Nunavut in 2020 are advised to postpone travel until the Government of Nunavut and individual municipalities have lifted their current restrictions. The Nunavut Research Institute has temporarily suspended its research support services.
As noted by the Government of the Northwest Territories, any resident arriving in the Northwest Territories must self-isolate for 14 days in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith only. It is not permitted to self-isolate in a small community. Visitors are not permitted to enter at this time. Please visit Aurora Research Institute’s website for more information as well.
As noted by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS), non-essential travel, including research, must be postponed until further notice. Strict travel restrictions, in a joint statement with the Kativik Regional Government (KRG), for Nunavik dictate that only patients travelling for medical appointments and approved critical workers may enter after serving a 14-day isolation. Those exhibiting symptoms, who have travelled abroad, or who have been in contact with an individual who is COVID-19 positive will not be permitted to enter.
As noted by the Nunatsiavut Government, non-essential travel, including research must be postponed until further notice. Strict travel restrictions dictate that essential workers travelling from Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to all communities. Those travelling from outside of the province are required to self-isolate in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for 14 days before travelling to any Labrador Inuit community. Upon arrival in a community, they must again self-isolate for another 14 days.
The Nunatsiavut Government Research Advisory Committee (NGRAC) will issue a notice and notify researchers when travel is permitted. The NGRAC is available to support researchers and offer guidance. They are contactable at email@example.com with any questions.
As noted by the Government of Yukon, non-essential travel, including research, is to be suspended until further notice. Any individuals entering Yukon must self-isolate for 14 days and sign a declaration upon entry to the territory.
Current Research Projects:
The ever-evolving nature of the pandemic will impact most, if not all funded projects. As noted above, health and safety is our top priority. Researchers should not attempt any northern travel or field work until the regional governments have announced that it is safe to do so. This protects you, your students, and the communities in which you work.
The suspension of field work will, in many cases, affect your planned project timelines, deliverables and budgets. To adjust your project timeline and budget, please contact Claude Lévesque. All adjustment requests will be evaluated by our governance committees on a case-by-case basis in light of these exceptional global circumstances.
If your project employs HQP, we strongly encourage you to consider other research support work they can provide to continue their employment during the suspended field season.
Arctic Change 2020
The international Arctic Change 2020 conference is scheduled to take place December 7-10 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto. The Organizing Committee is actively monitoring the WHO statements and travel advice regarding COVID-19. If you are planning to attend, please keep up to date on travel and safety advice from your national government(s), and please ensure that you have appropriate travel and health insurance in place. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our researchers, communities and partners as we draw closer to the event, and will advise of any changes to activities, sessions or logistics as needed.
Any required changes to the date(s) and timing of the conference will be posted here and on the Arctic Change 2020 website.
The ArcticNet administration team has been working remotely since March 13, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Please reach out to us via email with any questions, concerns, or suggestions on ways to support the Network through this exceptional global crisis. See Administration for our contact information.
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