Inuksuk High School

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Inuksuk High School
Box 487

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Coordinates 63°44′57″N68°30′50″W / 63.74917°N 68.51389°W / 63.74917; -68.51389 Coordinates: 63°44′57″N68°30′50″W / 63.74917°N 68.51389°W / 63.74917; -68.51389
School type Public Secondary School
School board Qikiqtani School Operations
SuperintendentTrudy Pettigrew (Executive Director) [1]
PrincipalTim Hoyt
Grades 9 to 12
Language Inuktitut and English
Colour(s)Blue      and black     
Team nameIqaluit Huskies

Inuksuk High School is the high school of Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. It offers grades 9 through 12 (ages 14-18) to a student population of about 450. The focus of the school is on teaching Inuit language and culture. The original name of the school was the Gordon Robertson Education Centre, or GREC. In the early 1990s it was renamed for the Inuksuk monuments that dot the region and are a symbol of the territory.

Iqaluit Territorial capital city in Nunavut, Canada

Iqaluit, meaning "place of fish", is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, its largest community, and its only city. It was known as Frobisher Bay from 1942 to 1987, after the large bay on the coast of which the city is situated, when the traditional Inuktitut name was restored.

Nunavut Territory of Canada

Nunavut is the newest, largest, and most northerly territory of Canada. It was separated officially from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999, via the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act, though the boundaries had been drawn in 1993. The creation of Nunavut resulted in the first major change to Canada's political map since incorporating the province of Newfoundland in 1949.

The Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting Inuit Nunangat, the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska. The Inuit languages are part of the Eskimo–Aleut family. Inuit Sign Language is a critically endangered language isolate used in Nunavut.

The school, with its large gymnasium, is one of only a handful of public structures in the territorial capital. A number of important events have been held there, including a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. The gymnasium was also the first temporary home of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut after the territory was created in 1999.

Gym locality for both physical and intellectual education

A gymnasium, also known as a gym, is a covered location for gymnastics, athletics and gymnastic services. The word is derived from the ancient Greek gymnasium. They are commonly found in athletic and fitness centers, and as activity and learning spaces in educational institutions. "Gym" is also slang for "fitness center", which is often an area for indoor recreation.

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, Canada, is located in Iqaluit, and is the territory's parliament.

Other schools in Iqaluit include a Middle school Aqsarniit Illinarvik and three elementary schools, Nakasuk School, Joamie Ilinniarvik School, the French-language Ecole de Trois-Soleils and the Inuktitut language elementary, Nanook Elementary School, in nearby Apex. Also located in the capital is Nunavut Arctic College, the only post secondary institution in the territory.

Nakasuk School Public elementary school in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Nakasuk School is one of 4 elementary schools in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Joamie Ilinniarvik School is a public elementary school located in Iqaluit, Nunavut. It is one of the few public schools in the territorial capital, along with Inuksuk High School, Nakasuk School, Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik School, École des Trois-Soleils, and Nanook Elementary School in Apex. The school is an elementary school serving Grades 1 to 5 and named after Inuit hunter Joamie.

Nanook School is one of four elementary schools in Iqaluit, Nunavut and located in Apex, just outside the city. It offers kindergarten to Grade 5.

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