Farewell to Sir Alexander Mackenzie school (part 1: Historic photos)

Sir Alexander Mackenzie School is being replaced by a new school. This year the community of Inuvik had a going-away ceremony for the old school.

Volunteers put together a retrospective look at different yearbooks. It’s a very interesting look back at Canada’s western arctic in a different era.

Ray Ruben (centre) is today the mayor of Paulatuk.

That’s former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien!

And another former PM, the late Pierre Trudeau. (right)

Early 1960s fashions

The Olympic Torch passes through Inuvik in 1988.

A student with animal pelts and students at a hunting camp

The devil logo worn by many student athletes.


Very different fashions, haircuts and glasses in the late 1950s

The beginnings of the school in 1959.

Here’s a personal observation about photography. Almost every photograph, with enough time, becomes great. Things that are unremarkable in a photograph become interesting with time.

In 1956, this photo is simply a nice portrait of an amused (playful? mischievous?) teacher at a desk. Now it’s a time capsule of fashion, hair, office supplies, handwriting, desks in the 1950s — you name it.

A great initiative from volunteers!


4 responses to “Farewell to Sir Alexander Mackenzie school (part 1: Historic photos)

  1. Hello! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where
    I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

    • Sorry, I cannot help you, I don’t know at all. WordPress settings allows you to set the level of security for comments. and that includes a Captcha option

  2. as much as i enjoy the scenery and nature photos, it’s the ones of people that can make one begin to understand Inuvik as a PLACE, rather than just a dot on the map. the sequence of yearbook photos add to that; it’s only a tiny glimpse of the town’s history, but it reminds those of us who are far away that this is a living, breathing community. thank you for sharing it with us…..

  3. There’s a Rubik cube on a picture… Do you know, where it came from? And who is Ernő Rubik?

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