Category Archives: Schools and education

Inuvik’s new super-school: Opening day

Inuvik’s new school is open. The building cost $110 million and is a major project for the NWT. It represents the bright hope of a future with higher attendance, better grades and more graduates.

The building itself is modern architecture showpiece. It features glass walls and angles designed to let in sunlight during the winter.


Inuvik’s new youth centre

Here’s the new director of Inuvik’s Youth Centre, Sam Stokell, in the new centre. It’s starting to open on Friday evenings for kareoke, games, cooking lessons, etc.

The place looks great with the bright yellow paint, computers, music studio, etc!

The youth centre used to be in another building, but has since reopened in a new location.

Farewell to the old schools, part 2

A few scenes from the closing ceremonies of Samuel Hearne and Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, which are making room for the new school next year.

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!

The new arctic architecture: Industrial grey space

The same architectural firm was hired by the NWT government to design Aurora College, The Aurora research institute and the new school. (Now called East 3 Elementary and Secondary)

The three buildings’ style is very distinct. They feature grey corrugated metal siding, exposed pipes and bolts and a lot of glass.

The three buildings are an example of a new, very distinct architectural style in Inuvik.

Aurora College Graduation 2012: A big class

Inuvik’s campus of Aurora College offers different courses including office administration, Personal Support Worker, Nursing Access, Trades Access, and more.

Check out the full list here. 

This year’s graduation had a record 42 graduates.

Snowsuit on display in Tuktoyaktuk

This display case at Mangilaluk school shows what a child would have worn in the traditional Inuviauit tradition.

Surely this coat would be more than warm enough for the arctic winters. Notice the fishing spear to the left.