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Inuvik, Northwest Territories (Canada)

Last modified: 2013-11-03 by rob raeside
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[Inuvik] image by Rob Raeside, 23 August 2011



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Current flag

Inuvik, with a population of 3296 (as of 1996), is also spelled Inuvvik (meaning "place of man"), and was originally named East Three; it is located at 6821'N lat. and 13343'W long., on the East Channel of the Mackenzie River Delta. Local languages are Inuvialuktun, Gwich'i and English, and the community belongs to the electoral districts of Inuvik Boot Lake and Inuvik Twin Lakes and to the land claim areas of Inuvialuit and Gwich'in.
Antonio Martins, 27 June 2000

Proportions: 1:2
Adopted: Unofficial (the logo is registered)
The town's name "Inuvik" is Inuvialuktun, an Inuit word, for "Place of People."  There are three main ethnic groups which reside in the city which are each represented by the type of abode associated with them. The tepee represents the Dene (Native Americans), a First Nation People; the igloo is for the Inuit (Eskimo); while the house is for the non-native inhabitants of the town. Each group contains about a third of the population of the municipality. The large light blue disk symbolizes the Midnight Sun, while the three white thin concentric circles represent the unity of the three groups of people. Inuvik is located 125 miles above the Arctic Circle in what is called "The Land of The Midnight Sun." The name comes from the sun being seen above the horizon at midnight during summertime. The sun is a welcome sight to the people of the North. The seasons have changed, the cold, dark winter days are gone, and the earth is reborn.
The selection process of the flag is unknown.

Designer: Mr. Ewan Cotterall designed it in the early 1970s. Subsequently it was modified in 1982 by Mr. William Huff by changing the field colour from light blue to white.
Jim Croft, 23 August 2011


1986 flag

[Inuvik] image by Jens Pattke, 3 October 2013

In 1986, the Government of the Northwest Territories modified the Inuvik flag for their pavilion at Expo '86 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The logo was placed in the centre of the white stripe of a Canadian pale of dark blue-white-dark blue. Several Northwest Territorial flags were modified to the Canadian pale design, as it is assumed to have the flags be consistent in design when flown at the pavilion.
Jim Croft, 23 August 2011

Image above based on a photo of the Flag Parade, near Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, taken in May 2007.
Jens Pattke, 3 October 2013


1970s flag

[Inuvik] image by Rob Raeside, 23 August 2011

In the early 1970s the first Inuvik flag had a light blue field with the log on it.
Jim Croft, 23 August 2011