by Greg Klein | September 14, 2015
Nearly four dozen Ontario elementary and high school teachers got a first-hand look at mining during two five-day tours this summer. Hosted by the Canadian Ecology Centre, the excursions took groups to mines and mining-related sites to present info about mining techniques and technologies, career opportunities, and the industry’s economic, social and environmental impacts.
Over 250 teachers have attended nine such tours over the last six years.
Understanding how modern mining works, the extent to which it can be sustainable, the skills it requires and the opportunities it offers, is essential for future policy makers, workers and consumers.—Chris Hodgson, president of the Ontario Mining Association
The first of this summer’s events included a Mining 101 overview, visits to Vale’s Copper Cliff complex and Glencore’s Nickel Rim South mine, and a surface environmental tour of the Strathcona mine and mill, among other destinations.
The second trip included a look at mining and reclamation elements of Cobalt’s Heritage Silver Trail, an underground tour of Goldcorp’s Dome mine and surface tours of Goldcorp’s Coniarum and Hollinger reclamation sites, which included indigenous sacred sites.
“The tour provides teachers with the resources required to give students an appreciation of the vital role that mining plays in our lives,” said Ontario Mining Association president Chris Hodgson. “Understanding how modern mining works, the extent to which it can be sustainable, the skills it requires and the opportunities it offers, is essential for future policy makers, workers and consumers.”