Thidyee Niinjuu

5. Thidyee Niinjuu

The boats "Lady of Lourdes" and "Immaculata," both belonged to the Roman Catholic Mission in Aklavik. 1938. Photo credit: NWT Archives (N-1988-041-0422(A200042)
Official Name: 
Horseshoe Bend
This place name refers to a large bend in the Middle Channel of the Mackenzie River.
Literal translation: 
Thidyee = point; Niinjuu = long

In the early 1950's, before Inuvik was built, the Roman Catholic brothers from the Aklavik Mission used to have a fish camp here. They fished here for the residential school and the mission dogs in Aklavik. The mission boat called the Immaculata used to pick the brothers up from this camp and take them back to Aklavik.