Business Number: 100966175RR0001

Our Mission

Our objectives are to facilitate northern studies through research and education, to be a point of contact between scientists and teachers from the south and residents of the Churchill area and north, to make available (to northern and southern citizens) a high-quality educational experience in a northern setting, and to coordinate research and teaching activities in the Churchill area. The CNSC has supported the work of over 300 researchers through logistical support and the Northern Research Fund (NRF). Over 500 journal articles and theses have been published in the fields of polar bear ecology and behaviour, climate change, archaeology, native studies, tourism and the studies of birds, plants, and insects. Several universities and high schools conduct credit and non-credit courses at the Centre. The CNSC also hosts Circumpolar Ecosystems in Winter, a regular symposium that brings together various agencies and researchers working in the north.

In addition to supporting research, the Centre also provides high quality, affordable educational experiences to the general public through partner organizations such as the Earthwatch Institute, Roads Scholar and our own CNSC Learning Vacations. The Centre is operational year-round with winter ecology and Northern Lights courses, spring bird and botany courses, summer beluga whale courses and fall polar bear courses. Clients participate in 5-day programs at the CNSC where they have the opportunity to interact with researchers and students. For thousands of individuals, Churchill and the CNSC is their first introduction to the Canadian Arctic.


Established in 1976, Churchill Research Centre, Inc., operating as the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is a registered Canadian charity (CRN 10096 61 75 RP0001). Members of the local community, university researchers and government officials founded the CNSC in 1976 to promote and support northern-based research and education. While supported in part by the Manitoba Department of Advanced Education, the CNSC is neither an extension of government nor a university-owned field station. The Centre is operated by a Board of Directors, an on site administrative staff and volunteers.

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