1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication - Vancouver - Expo'86

Transport and Communication

May 2, 1986 - October 13, 1986


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North East Territories

North East Territories at the Exhibition Vancouver 1986

© Jerrye & Roy Klotz MD

An impressive symbol of Canada's North, a six-metre Inukshuk statue stands at the entrance to the Northwest Territories pavilion. A human form with open arms, this granite sculpture was once used by the Inuit (Eskimos) as a navigational beacon and today symbolizes their hospitality.

With its pyramidal shape and sunburst cladding, the five-storey pavilion evokes the icebergs, glaciers and snowy peaks of Canada's North.

The Northwest Territories, where the majority of the inhabitants are Aboriginal, covers more than three million square kilometres in the northernmost part of Canada. In this vast territory, with a population of just 50,000, communications and transportation are essential.

Inside the pavilion, film, soundtracks, objects and photographs show the growing importance of the North and the search for a balance between environment and people, economic development and traditions.

A 175-seat cinema shows a film evoking the faces and landscapes of the North. Then visitors go to a gallery where tricks recreate northern environments.

In the gift shop, you'll find Inuit carvings, Indian jackets, northern comics, sealskin parkas, moose hide slippers, ivory and silver jewellery.

The pavilion's waterfront restaurant with patio offers sautéed caribou, muskox filet and smoked Arctic salmon. Game can also be purchased to take away.

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