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Sachs Harbour – Inualthuyak

Grade Range: Kindergarten to Grade 9Inualthuyak School
Teachers: 3
Student Population: 13
School Year: August – May

Sachs Harbour is the most northerly community in the Northwest Territories. It is situated on Banks Island with a population of about 130 people

Inualthuyak School derives its name from an elder who froze to death in a snow house while out trapping with his young grandson. Inualthuyak means “a guy that is not very big”. The elder received this name because when he was born he was so small that he would fit inside a mitten. Although he grew to be a very big, tall man he was always called Inualthuyak.

The school was built in 1968 due to the efforts and perseverance of the parents in the community. They realized that their children must have an education to keep them abreast of the rapidly developing north and yet wanted them to derive the benefits offered by their own culture which could only be obtained in the home. Prior to 1968, students lived in the hostel and attended school in Inuvik.

Inualthuyak School started out as a two classroom school. Today it is a three classroom school (K to 3; 4 to 6; and 7 to 9) with student computers, internet access and a Smartboard in every room. Students in high school are enrolled in a home boarding program in Inuvik and attend grade 10 -12 classes at East Three Secondary.

Contact Information

PHONE: (867) 690-4241
FAX: (867) 690-3500