Nain Research Centre

The Research Centre consists of a wet lab, dry lab, boardroom, work stations, walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer and washrooms. There is also an adjoining accommodation space with bedrooms, a common area, kitchen and washrooms that can accommodate up to eight people on a year-round basis. The work space within the research centre can accommodate up to 15 people.


Summer near Nain, Nunatsiavut. Photo credit: Rodd Laing

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Rodd Laing (709) 922-2567
Secondary Contact Carla Pamak (709) 922-2380

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Nunatsiavut Government, Department of Lands and Natural Resources

Regular Member




Territory/ Province
Newfoundland and Labrador

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland

Facility Type
Year-Round Research Station

Research Hinterland
Coastal, Freshwater, Marine, Sea Ice, Terrestrial

Main Research Disciplines
Anthropology, Archaeology, Atmospheric chemistry and Physics, Biochemistry, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Geology and Sedimentology, Human Biology/Wellness, Hydrology, Limnology, Mapping/GIS, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Sociology, Terrestrial Biology/Ecology, Traditional/Aboriginal Knowledge

Current Projects

External Electrical Grid

Telephone, Internet, Computer, Printer/Scanner, Fax

Local Transportation
ATVs and speed boats available for rent in summer. Chartered helicopters and longliners available. Snowmobiles available for rent during winter.

Equipment Storage
Limited storage

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
Two bedrooms that can accommodate a total of 8 people. The Atsanik Lodge (25 rooms) is located beside the Research Centre.

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Full kitchen complete with fridge, freezer, oven and microwave.

Laboratory Facilities
Wet and dry lab complete with sinks, fumehood, incubator and autoclave. Walk-in fridge and freezer. Boardroom.

Fuel Availability
Gas Station in-town with gas, diesel and stove-oil. Propane for sale at the grocery store.

Research Requirements
The Nunatsiavut Government has a research process in place that must be followed when applying to do research in Nunatsiavut or contact the Inuit Research Advisor at

Special Rules and Regulations

Local External Resources
Two small grocery stores, Bank of Montreal

Nearest Medical Service
Nain (0 km)

Safety Considerations
Use of local knowledge holders is encouraged, especially while working on ice. Black bears are present during the summer. Polar bears are present within 30 km of Nain, but are not present in town.


Other Information

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MV What’s Happening, chartered for research. Photo credit: Rodd Laing


A Nunatsiavut hunter waits for a seal at the edge of a polynya. Photo credit: Rodd Laing


Sediment core sample taken from a Nunatsiavut Fjord using a box corer. Photo credit: Rodd Laing