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Makerspace YK Is Officially Open

Yellowknife now has a dedicated location for locals to work on their special projects.

On Friday, November 4th, newly elected City Councilwoman Cat McGurk hosted the grand opening of Makerspace YK, which has been a passion project of hers for several years.

Cat was kind enough to speak about the event, and explained exactly what Makerspace is all about.

“It’s a sort of public access shop, digital lab, and arts facility, which aims to empower northerners and locals to build their skills and learn new things.”

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She explained that joined members and organizations can rent out time at the building when they need the space to work. Groups can also put together workshops and seminars for their specific needs.

The stated mandate of Makerspace YK is to drive sustainable economic diversification and community self-reliance through sharing, collaboration, and empowering the already innovative and resilient residents of Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories with the tools they need to grow their economy and community.

McGurk also shared some of the special events that members can look forward to in the future.

“We do have our programming that we’ll be offering, we do a repair café every Thursday. The Tree of Peace and CBYS do run a Youth Beading Circle every Wednesday. We have an events calendar on our website if people want to check it out and see what’s coming up. We have orientations and open shop days and stuff like that.”

Throughout the rest of the month, Folk on the Rocks will be hosting a weekly Artist Residency event with Desiree Dawson, who will be performing with a different vocal artist at each performance.

The building is located at 5001 Forrest Drive

Editors Note: This story has been edited from its original version to fix a typo that now reads “Youth Beading Circle”.  We apologize for this error. 

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