The Federal Government is investing almost three-quarters of a million dollars for two new projects in Inuvik: one that supports the local arts industry, and another that will provide clean energy and savings for local businesses.
The funding was announced Friday by NWT Member of Parliament Michael McLeod on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
A portion of the money will go towards Aurora College for the creation of an Arts, Crafts and Technology Micro-manufacturing Centre.
The facility is to provide access to services such as laser engraving, silk screening, and 3D printing equipment.
The space will employ two part-time technical advisors and will give local artists space to develop their products.
Part of the funding will also go to the Nihat Corporation, which will purchase and install two photo-voltaic arrays, essentially solar panels, at a hotel and supermarket in Inuvik.
The corporation has entered into long-term leasing contracts with both businesses and will train Nihtat Gwich’in members on how to operate and maintain the installation.
The project will create two part-time jobs, provide new economic opportunities and clean energy for the community.