Research Ethics

Welcome to the Yukon College Research Ethics webpage.

To ensure that research involving human subjects is carried out in an ethical manner, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) requires that all eligible academic institutions establish a Research Ethics Board (REB) to review and approve research involving humans.

The Yukon College REB includes staff, faculty, and community members. The REB meets monthly to review research conducted or administered at or by members of the College.

The REB provides Certificates of Ethical Acceptability valid for the period of one year, approves modifications to research protocols, informed consent forms and relating supporting documents, and officially closes research projects upon their completion.

Please know that all research involving human participants must be approved by the REB prior to data collection. The Yukon College also requires all researchers to complete the TCPS-2 tutorial, found below under training.

Human Research Ethics Process Guide 


New to human research and/or ethics?

Start with the TCPS 2 CORE Tutorial. A certificate of completion is required prior to ethics approval for all involved researchers.

You can also find the full Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) here.

Does your research involve the Yukon First Nations?

Be sure to read Module 9 of the TCPS 2 CORE Tutorial. It is separate from the main tutorial, but highly recommended.

Also be sure to read the Protocols and Prinicples for Conducting Research with Yukon First Nations here.


The Principal Investigator (PI)

As the individual responsible for the implementation of research, the PI bears direct responsibility for ensuring the safety of the research participant. The responsibility starts with project design, which must balance risks with potential research benefits. The PI must ensure that all members of the research team comply with the requirements of theTCPS-2. The PI will be held accountable for any ethical non-compliance of themselves or their team.

Co-Investigator/Team member

Co-investigators and other members of the research team are responsible for ensuring their own completion of the TCPS-2 tutorial (a responsibility shared with the PI), holding themselves to a high ethical standard, and ensuring that their actions in conducting research are compliant and consistent with Yukon College policy. It is the team member's or co-investigator's responsibility to question when unsure. Being unaware of certain guidelines or requirements is not accepted as reason for unethical behaviour. Co-investigators from other institutions are required to ensure ethical compliance at their home institution as well as Yukon College.

The Yukon College Research Ethics Board (REB)

The REB will review and monitor all research involving human research participants conducted under the auspices of the College. The REB is an autonomous entity whose primary responsibility is ensuring the safety and well-being of all research participants involved in research programs carried by Yukon College researchers, students and adjuncts or those that involve Yukon College in their research.

Research Ethics Board

Questions? Contact us at

Sue Starks
Instructor/Coordinator Practical Nurse Program
School of Health, Education & Human Services
Applied Arts Division

Ellen Bielawski
Instructor, ENCS/B.Sc.
School of Science
Applied Science and Management Division


Amanda Graham
Coordinator/Instructor, University of the Arctic
School of Liberal Arts
Applied Arts Division


Brian Horton
Manager, Northern Climate ExChange
Yukon Research Centre
School of Science

Eric Hoogstraten
Department Head, Southern Campuses
School of Community Education and Development
Community Campuses

Gloria Johnston
Instructor/Coordinator, Whitehorse Correctional Centre
Community Campuses

David Silas
First Nations Engagement Advisor
First Nations Initiatives

David Neufeld
Community Representative
Environmental Historian

Valoree Walker
Yukon Research Centre
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I require ethics approval?

Any research involving human participants being conducted at the Yukon College, in the Yukon, or by Yukon College staff, faculty, or students requires Yukon College REB approval before beginning your project. This includes course-based research, use of secondary data, or the use of human biological tissues.

Does your research involve non-human animals? You will require animal care approval, which is in development. Please contact for more information.

Can I begin my project in advance of ethics approval?

You may begin some aspects of your project but you cannot begin data collection. The REB will try to accomodate expedited request for review, however this is not always possible so please plan accordingly. Failure to obtain approval in advance of data collection may be grounds for academic misconduct.

I am a visiting researcher, do I need ethics approval from the Yukon College? My home institution has already granted me approval.

Yes, you still require ethics approval from the Yukon College REB. You will also need a license to conduct research in the Yukon, which can be found here. Please attach your home institution's ethics approval to your Yukon College application.

Please note, website still under development. Is your question not here? Contact us at

Contact us

Valoree Walker
Yukon Research Centre