AURORA COLLEGE - Geographic Information System (GIS) to Support the Development and Implementation of Mineral Strategies in the Western Arctic

Aurora College News Release


INUVIK, NT - Aurora Research Institute, the research division of Aurora College, has recently released a Western Arctic Minerals Geographic Information System (MGIS) to support Northern stakeholders in making informed decisions with respect to mineral strategy management and land use planning.

The MGIS integrates geospatial data with the most up to date information on existing oil, gas and mineral rights, important wildlife areas and ranges to visualize, store, analyse and provide information critical to support the development of mineral strategies in the Western Arctic.

As Aurora College prepares to transform into a Polytechnic University, projects such as this will complement academic programs and strengthen not only the GIS research program, but the capacity to train and prepare northerners for careers in the earth resource and environmental management sectors.

This project was made possible with support from the Northwest Territories Geological Survey, GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Petroleum Resources Division, the NWT Center for Geomatics and financial support from Natural Resources Canada, Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM II) Program.  


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Aurora Research Institute (ARI) is the research division of Aurora College.  The mandate of ARI is to improve the quality of life for residents of the Northwest Territories by applying scientific, technological and Indigenous knowledge to solve northern problems and advance social and economic goals. To achieve this mandate ARI conducts, supports, and licenses research throughout the NWT.  ARI is headquartered in Inuvik, and has regional research centres in Inuvik, Yellowknife and Fort Smith. Website:


For more information, please contact:

Jayne Murray                                                            
Manager, Communications & College Relations 
Aurora College                                                             
Phone: 867-872-7021