OUTREACH: Teachers invited on mining tour

MATTAWA, Ontario - One of Canada's leading environmental and experiential learning centres is hosting a Teache...

MATTAWA, Ontario - One of Canada's leading environmental and experiential learning centres is hosting a Teacher's Mining Tour to help educators and their students learn more about modern mining. More than 30 teachers will gather August 9-13 at the Canadian Ecology Centre (CEC), situated within Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, for the experience.

"Mining is a sustainable activity; the mining sector is environmentally responsible, safe and is a source of a wide array of jobs. Teachers and their students need to know more about this within the curriculum where mining is identified directly and indirectly," said Bill Steer, CEC general manager. "At the same time, we as consumers need to know more about the mining products that are part of our every day lives."

Teachers will be introduced to contemporary prospecting and development, geology and the wide array of direct and indirect manufacturing related to the mining sector. They will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on Mining Matters training workshops provided by the Prospectors sand Developers Association of Canada (www.PDAC.ca). The workshops will enable teachers to become familiar with the curriculum resources entitled "Deeper and Deeper" and "Discovering Diamonds."

One of the highlights will be an underground visit to Xstrata's Nickel Rim South mine located near Sudbury. It is one of the world's most modern and environmentally responsible mining operations Teachers will visit a number of mining manufacturers in North Bay and participate in the Mining Matters workshops.

Another leading sponsor is the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), (www.OMA.on.ca). President Chris Hodgson said, "The OMA supports the Teacher's Mining Tour as another way to provide current information about mining, the skills needed by the industry and opportunities it offers. The OMA helps teachers and students gain a greater understanding and appreciation of mining and its role as a responsible partner in society."

Other sponsors include the Metal Mining Society of the CIM (www.CIM.org/socdiv/society_profile.cfm?SocDivCom_ID=6) which helps to educate the public on the many aspects of the mining industry and EdGeo (www.EdGeo.org) which provides workshops for teachers, co-ordinated by the Canadian Geoscience Education Network.

Steer said the mining sector has been extremely helpful in providing human and logistical resources in making the Teacher's Mining Tour a reality.

The CEC (www.CanadianEcology.ca) is a national, non-profit organization with charitable education status. It is an environmental education institution, delivering high school credits and school programs. It hosts a number of college and university field camps. The CEC is the host of the Green Check Recognition Program and the National GPS Certification Program.

For more information regarding the Teacher's Mining Tour contact Bill Steer at 705-744-1715, ext. 570 or bill@canadianecology.ca.



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