Parkin is delighted to have been appointed to design Taloyoak High School in Nunavut, another addition to our northern portfolio. The community of Taloyoak or Talurjuaq, formerly known as Spence Bay, is the northernmost community in mainland Canada. The region and local Inuit population known as Netsillingmiut carry a rich tradition of trapping, hunting, and fishing.
The new High School will be located on the northern edge of town, forming the basis for the Phase 2 community development plans. The new High School will encourage students to continue to learn through both modern and traditional teachings, with a focus on Inuit IQ programs.
The initial stages of project development include community engagement in which the design team will meet with all stakeholders. These meetings will include a series of visioning sessions to discuss the goals and strategies of the project, addressing the varying goals and objectives to assist the design team to understand current struggles, potential improvements, and the community’s vision for the project.
In coming weeks, the design team will visit the community of Taloyoak to initiate the visioning sessions. This will provide an opportunity for our team to tour the community and to seek opportunities and challenges of the new site.
We are very excited to be meeting with all community members, including students, who will help shape and guide the vision for their new High School. We recognize the importance of engaging the community, receiving their input and, more importantly, listening to their needs for the new High School.
We continue to create environments that positively impact lives while fostering collaboration, partnerships, and the sharing of knowledge to build better communities.