Inuksuk High School

Inuksuk High School is the high school of Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

Inuksuk High School
Box 487

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Coordinates63°44′57″N 68°30′50″W / 63.74917°N 68.51389°W / 63.74917; -68.51389Coordinates: 63°44′57″N 68°30′50″W / 63.74917°N 68.51389°W / 63.74917; -68.51389
School typePublic Secondary School
Established1971; 51 years ago (1971)[3]
School boardQikiqtani School Operations
SuperintendentTrudy Pettigrew (Executive Director)[1]
PrincipalTim Hoyt
LanguageInuktitut and English
Colour(s)Blue   and black  
Team nameIqaluit Huskies


The school opened in late 1971 as the Gordon Robertson Educational Centre with 278 students and 28 teachers.[3] Don King was the first principal.[3] The school was built by two companies, Maurice Carrier Inc. and Wilfrid Legars Inc., both of Sainte-Foy, Quebec, at a cost of $3.3 million.[4][3] Canadian Industries Limited built the school's exterior walls from prefabricated glass-fiber reinforced plastic, a light-weight material that would reduce shipping costs.[4][5] The panels were designed to withstand winds of 100 miles per hour (161 km/h), which sometimes occur in the area.[4] Exterior windows were made of three layers of glass, similar to the type used on airplanes, in order to provide thermal insulation.[4]

Before the school was built, students were sent to Churchill, Manitoba, for high school.[6][7]


  1. ^ "General". Qikiqtani School Operations. Pond Inlet. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Inuksuk High School". Nunavut Teacher Induction Program. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Hume, Steve (October 12, 1971). "North School Runs Into Snag". Edmonton Journal. p. 39.
  4. ^ a b c d "Indian Students Get New School With Radical Design, Concept". Calgary Herald. August 30, 1969. p. 53.
  5. ^ "CIL supplies plastic panels". National Post (Toronto, Ontario). September 5, 1970. p. 30.
  6. ^ "Eskimos Try Adapting to Urbanization". News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio, USA). April 12, 1970. p. 7.
  7. ^ "Federal Hostel at Frobisher Bay (Ukkivik Student Residence)". National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. University of Manitoba. Retrieved July 7, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)