Innovation, Community Engagement and Education

Mining Matters Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 15:40 to 15:59 Theatre 3


L.A. Clinton (Presenting)
Mining Matters

Mining Matters Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs (ICEOP) recently celebrated a significant 15-year milestone. In May of 2002, the inaugural program was delivered in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Today, ICEOP has expanded to include more than 35 community-based initiatives. With sensitivity to the importance Indigenous communities play in resources stewardship, management and development, ICEOP offers customized Earth science programming for youth; delivering school programs, summer camps and community events that educate participants about Canada's geology and mineral resources, mineral exploration, mining, sustainability, careers and the relevance of mining to quality of life. ICEOP includes professional development workshops and teacher resource kits to deliver effective Earth science and mineral resources curricula, using hands-on educational resources, created by educators and Earth science experts to meet curriculum expectations. Mining Matters also connects to and engages with Indigenous communities through participation in conferences, community gatherings and festivals across Canada. Since 2016 Mining Matters has delivered programs in the Northwest Territories in collaboration with community, industry, education and government partners. Programs have been delivered in Yellowknife, Behchoko, Ndilo, Dettah, Fort Good Hope, Deline, Norman Wells, Colville Lake, Tulita, Fort Liard, Fort Simpson and Fort Providence. A recent educational partnership utilized Mining Matters resources to engage children in Inuvik, Tuktoyuktuk and Aklavik. In addition, teachers from Hay River, Gameti, Wekweeti and Whati have participated in the organization's professional development workshops.