Tuktoyaktuk makerspace to expand after $83K federal funding

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The Tuktoyaktuk makerspace will be expanding thanks to funding from the federal government.

According to a news release, the expansion will include a 3D printer and sublimation printing equipment to be added alongside vinyl cutting, wood burning and laser engraving.

The $83,450 investment will also allow for the space to be open longer.

“Public spaces are the glue to our communities: they enable a feeling of belonging and of social cohesion. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected,” said Kendyce Cockney, project manager of the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation. “As residents face increased isolation due to COVID-19, this project from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will help our community to connect safely and will benefit the mental and physical well-being of our residents.”

In a statement, MP Michael McLeod said, “Communities know best what kind of projects would have the greatest impact for their residents and local economies… That’s why it’s great to see this makerspace supported in Tuktoyaktuk, which will provide residents with greater creative opportunities.”

The release also says additional funding top keep the space open past June 2022 will be considered.

A second round of applications to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will be open until June 25.

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