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from the Aurora College President

May 7, 2020

Information for Students

May has arrived and it is beginning to look and feel like springtime around the territory. I hope you are all looking after yourselves and your families and keeping healthy.

Under normal circumstances, the past few weeks would have been a flurry of activity and celebration for Aurora College: our Convocations were scheduled to take place in Fort Smith, Yellowknife and Inuvik over the past two weekends. As well, numerous completion ceremonies were planned for many of our programs and courses this spring.

On behalf of Aurora College, I would like to congratulate every member of the graduating class of 2020; we have not forgotten about you!

I understand the disappointment that all prospective graduates are feeling and I share that sentiment. Convocations and completions are the highlight of our academic year, and every one of us looks forward to sharing those occasions with you.

While COVID-19 has made gatherings impossible at this time, it does not mean that we will not be recognizing your successes. We are investigating options to hold formal ceremonies at a later date, as well as alternate ways to acknowledge your achievements on a smaller scale in the meantime.

Your instructors and other Aurora College staff will be reaching out to you as plans are formalized, and to ask for input and feedback about how to celebrate during social distancing. Watch your MyAuroraCollege email, our Facebook page, and website for more information on this subject.

Included with the email is a set of Frequently Asked Questions for students and potential students. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the document, please send a note with your question to info@auroracollege.nt.ca or respond to this email.

PROGRAMS AND COURSES – FALL 2020:                      

·        College leadership has been working hard to prepare for the 2020-21 academic year to ensure that we can continue to deliver quality programming no matter what circumstances we may be facing due to COVID-19. We plan to have details and more information available within the next few weeks for both returning students and new students. 

·        Applications are being accepted for the fall of 2020; visit  www.auroracollege.nt.ca to apply online. If you are a returning student and have not yet submitted your completion form for next year, contact to your instructor or program head. 


·        If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please stay in contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans and any changes to your plans. 


·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

·        SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT 


·        This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

·        The Department of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information at www.hss.gov.nt.ca. 

You can keep up to date on other COVID-19 information on these websites:

·        Aurora College’s website has information about what the College is doing to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.

·        The Chief Public Health Officer’s website has the latest health information, legal orders and recommendations. All travelers are required to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and outdoor gatherings. You are expected to respect all legal orders whether it applies to you or to your friends and loved ones.

ECE’s website
has information for post-secondary students. You may want to follow SFA on Facebook and/or Twitter

The GNWT has created a new phone number 8-1-1 to call for COVID-19 related information.

For questions on COVID-19, including information on testing, self-isolation, travel restrictions, enforcement and contact information to local health care providers and resources. Available 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week (NWT only).

The GNWT also posts a daily update about government services and a daily updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yourGNWT/


As we settle into a new routine in our “new normal”, I will be sending messages to students every two weeks during May and early June, and then as needed over the summer months. Please remember to check your College email regularly for important updates and information.





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