ONTARIO – Representatives from the Métis Nation of Ontario
(MNO), Detour Gold
, College Boreal
, and Northern College
met in Timmins on Feb. 19 to sign memorandum of understanding agreements to formalize the creation of a bursary program to assist Métis students in their pursuit of higher education in the mining industry.
Funds have been made available to Métis students at both colleges for the past two years; however Friday’s signing solidifies this relationship and formally creates a Métis Nation of Ontario and Detour Gold Bursary
at the two schools. The creation of the fund is a direct result of the 2012 Impact and Benefit Agreement between the MNO and Detour Gold.
Detour Gold operates the Detour Lake gold mine 185 km northeast of Cochrane, ON. The mine poured its one-millionth ounce of gold in September 2015. Gold production last year was roughly 500,000 oz.
Details are posted at www.DetourGold.com
Very good initiative. Many First Nations’ Chiefs get huge salaries, some even more than the Prime Minister of Canada. It would be a good idea for them also to partner with the mining companies to establish similar scholarships.