To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Nunavut, Nunavut's Chief Medical Officer of Health has imposed a ban on all non-essential travel to Nunavut. Until further notice, only Nunavut residents and critical workers will be allowed into the territory. Travel to Nunavut for research purposes is not permitted. This travel restriction applies broadly to research conducted within Nunavut communities and to marine and terrestrial field studies which involve transit through a Nunavut community. Researchers must postpone any travel to Nunavut until after the restriction is lifted. Any licensed researcher who arrived in Nunavut after Sunday March 15 must self-isolate for 14 days to protect the health and safety of Nunavut residents. Researchers are also required to respect the new social distancing requirements in our territory. Please postpone any in-person contact with research participants, including study visits, focus groups, interviews, etc. Any in-person meetings should be rescheduled as virtual meetings by telephone, Skype, Zoom or similar remote means. Please do not ask your community partners in Nunavut to carry out any data collection activities on your behalf that would require social interactions in the community or in the field.
NRI is still able to receive and process applications for new scientific research licenses; however, our administrative capacity is reduced and additional time may be needed to complete community consultations and secure regulatory approvals and screenings for research projects. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
The NRI is also temporarily suspending our research support services. Public access to the NRI's research facilities (including laboratories and bunkhouses) in Iqaluit, Arviat, Igloolik, Rankin Inlet, and Cambridge Bay is restricted until further notice. The NRI's trichinella diagnostic program in Iqaluit will continue.