ACUNS distributes regular updates to keep their network informed of the most current Association activities and to promote relevant awards, deadlines, and meetings.

Focus on the North. Focus on you!
ACUNS has combined our weekly media monitor scans and our quarterly newsletter. Every month, we will highlight members and award recipients making news and sharing experiences. There will be a special announcement section, updates from the ACUNS office and board of directors, and more!

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Archived Newsletters

January-February 2021


December 2020

November 2020 (new monthly format)

Summer 2020

Spring 2020

Winter 2020

Autumn 2019

Summer 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018 – Winter 2019

Summer 2018

Spring 2018

Winter 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Annual Reports

ACUNS 2019-2020 Annual Report


ACUNS 2018-2019 Annual Report

ACUNS 2017-2018 Annual Report

ACUNS 2016-2017 Annual Report

ACUNS 2015-2016 Annual Report

ACUNS 2014-2015 Annual Report

ACUNS 2013-2014 Annual Report

ACUNS 2012-2013 Annual Report

ACUNS 2011-2012 Annual Report

ACUNS 2010-2011 Annual Report


Community Engagement

Over the past several years, ACUNS members identified that most of the Association’s research awards focus on the natural sciences, and that there is a need to broaden the scope to include social sciences, humanities and health sciences (SSHHS) topics. The Association has held meetings with Yukon and the Northwest Territories research community members and knowledge users to identify research principles, processes, and priorities that could inform ACUNS, its member institutions, other research bodies, research funders, and scholarship providers.  A similar engagement process and report for Nunavut is planned for a future date.

To read or download the reports, please click on the image.



Strategic Plan

The strategic planning process is well underway and our new strategic plan will be announced later in 2021. For reference, here is the 2015-2020 plan.

ACUNS Statement on Racism

The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) endeavors to break down cultural barriers in education, and encourage equity and inclusion in our membership, scholarship, and advocacy work. At this critical time, our association reflects on its strategic direction and the actions we can undertake to support students and build stronger community engagement between our members, partners, and residents in Canada’s north. ACUNS remains committed to fostering equity in the movement towards positive change. Read our full statement here.

Ethical Principles

ACUNS has been capturing the evolution of the conduct of ethical research in the Canadian North for over twenty years, producing and maintaining guidelines for researchers that have been widely adopted. These guidelines are regularly updated to reflect changing social and political context, with an intensive review planned in 2018-2019. The most recent version received recognition from international organizations and circumpolar countries for acknowledging the relationships between scholarship, research, and community. ACUNS’ ethics guide is currently available in English, French, Inuktitut, and Russian translations.




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