The quest to name a road at the Inuvik airport continues, with names of local aviators, airport builders, and Elders added to the list of potential options residents can vote on.
Residents were first asked to help rename a road at a Department of Defence property at the Mike Zubko Airport early November. The two options proposed by the Town of Inuvik were both inspired by prominent, female former MPs. Residents were asked to choose Ethel Street, after Ethel Blondin-Andrew, or Leona Street, which was inspired by Leona Aglukkaq.
Now the options have been expanded after residents got in touch with the Town with more name suggestions. Many of the options are local, which several people voiced the need for.
“In keeping with our Civic Address Standards and Guidelines Policy, the public was afforded the opportunity to provide feedback on the names suggested,” wrote the Town on the name survey. “Several new names were suggested as alternatives.”
In the list of potential names are lifelong residents of Inuvik, including northern aviators, members of the Canadian military, and people who helped build and run the Inuvik airport.
The choices for the road are as follows (from the Town of Inuvik):
- ALBERT ROAD – named after Freddy Albert, a Gwich’in man who served in the military and was married to Rosie Albert, who was Inuvialuit. They lived in Inuvik until they died.
- ANDERSON ROAD OR ANDERSON WAY – named after Cpl Jordan Anderson, who went to school in Inuvik. Anderson was a Canadian soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2007.
- ETHEL ROAD – named after Ethel Blondin-Andrew, the first Indigenous woman elected to Canadian Parliament and MP for Western Arctic District in NWT.
- LEONA ROAD – named after Leona Aglukkaq, a former member of Parliament for the electoral district of Nunavut, who was born in Inuvik and was the first Inuk cabinet minister in the federal cabinet. She was instrumental in lobbying for funding for the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway.
- MACNEIL ROAD – named after Barney MacNeil, who was an enlisted member in the army during World War II and was also the first airport manager in Inuvik.
- NUTIK ROAD – named after Garrett Nutik, who was a well-respected Inuvialuit Elder who helped build the Inuvik airport, then continued on as a maintenance person and helped maintain the airstrip, Airport Road, and Airport Lake Road.
- STACEY ROAD or WAY – named after Master Cpl Nicole Stacey, who was Inuvialuit born in Inuvik and was a reservist for the Canadian military who served in Alberta, the Yukon and NWT. She was a civilian pilot who died in an aircraft accident in 2011 in Yellowknife.
- TRIMBLE ROAD – named after Lyle Trimble, a northern aviator and former RCMP officer based in Inuvik.
Residents can fill in the survey online, as well as in person at the Midnight Sun Complex, the town office, and the library. The survey closes at 2pm on Friday, December 20.
In January, the option with the most votes will be passed on to town council for approval.