At Helen Kalvak Elihakvik, we engage with parents, the community and partners to provide a quality education to our students. We indigenize education by both integrating local culture into the classroom and taking the classroom onto the land. We aim to prepare our youth to walk in two worlds, grounded in their traditional culture while leading engaged and fulfilling lives in today’s complex world.
Emma Kiy – JK & K
Kathleen Troop – Grades 1
Desiree Gillis – Grade 2, 3, 4
Reagan Fedak – Grades 5, 6
Josephine Jones – Grade 6 – 9
Daniel Summers – Grade 6 – 9
Martin MacPherson – H.S./V.P.
Bryan Stone – H.S.
Mollie Oliktoak – Inuinnaqtun Meghan Lupien – PST
Jennifer Santos – Instructional Coach Sonia Kuefler – LLI Instructor Brett Lappin – Math Coach
Laura Inuktalik Danny Taptuna
Student Support Assistants
Gary Okheena Delma Klengenberg Gilberte Olifi Melanie Kudlak Kendra Kudlak
E-Learning Monitor Brandon Okheena
Librarian Gail Ogina
Ulukhaktok (70°44′11″N 117°46′05″W) is a hamlet of approximately 450 people located by the Arctic Ocean, on Victoria Island, in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. In English, “Ulukhaktok” means “the place where the material to make ulus is found”. Located within a majestic landscape of bluffs, lakes and rivers, the community is known as one of the most welcoming in Canada’s North. Hunting, trapping and fishing are practiced year-round, as well as cultural activities such as drum dancing. Ulukhaktok is also known for its printmaking, carvings and sewing. It has flight connections with Yellowknife and Inuvik. Services include a health centre, an RCMP detachment, a hotel and restaurant, two general stores and a convenience store.
Our school is named after Helen Kalvak (1901-1984), an artist from Ulukhaktok internationally famous for her prints depicting traditional Inuit life and legends.
She was born at the turn of the twentieth century in Tahiryuak Lake on Victoria Island and lived on the land for most of her life. After settling in Ulukhaktok, she created thousands of prints.
In recognition of her work, she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was appointed to the Order of Canada.