Inuvik: A History, a companion volume to Inuvik In Pictures, is published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the official naming of Inuvik in 1958. This book is the most complete account available of the planning, construction and growth of CanadaÕs first planned arctic community. The story begins in the early 1950s when the decision was made to build a new town on the Mackenzie Delta, as the centre of regional government and a base for resource development. InuvikÕs fortunes have often been buffeted by far-away political decisions and market trends. But as the town enters the 21st century, its diverse peoples have built not only roads, houses and schools, but a rich and vibrant community.