Sidone Nirlungayuk did the honours with her sharp ulu as a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 8 at Arviligruaq Ilinniarvik, Kugaaruk’s new school.
During an afternoon assembly, teachers who have been in the community over the past two years were presented with certificates of recognition. They guided students through their lessons in temporary spaces around the community since the demise of Kugaardjuk School in a February 2017 fire.
Arviligruaq Ilinniarvik was built with non-flammable material and does not include a crawl space.
Stones from the previous school’s entrance, the only salvaged items from the rubble, have been incorporated into an archway in the new educational facility.
“This new school will further provide opportunities for the people of Kugaaruk to come together and share knowledge, culture, and values that will enrich the entire community,” said Education Minister David Joanasie. “Just as a bowhead whale is delicious and nutritious, Arviligruaq Ilinniarvik will be as enriching for students, staff and the community.”