Mining Essentials for Communities

Why choose Mining Essentials?

The partnership between mining employers, educators and communities creates a successful foundation for training to employment. Program partners are able to establish a positive relationship based on mutual understanding of everyone’s needs and set joint training goals for the benefit of learners.

Aboriginal culture is integral to the program. Designed to encourage learning in a culturally sensitive environment, the teaching of skills using cultural contexts and traditional methods helps learners better relate to the material, whether they are First Nations, Métis or Inuit. Trainers are also encouraged to integrate and substitute local traditions to teach skills where possible. This is also beneficial to the local employer if they are just starting to learn about their local community and how best to work with them.

The curriculum gives learners real mine site experience and connects them to the employer. The customizable curriculum and the potential opportunity for learners to spend time at a mine or exploration site provides learners with hands-on experience and connects them to their potential employer.

An Aboriginal man looking up at a piece of equipment on a mine site with the headframe visible in the background.

Programs like Mining Essentials create role models and inspire the community. For some Mining Essentials graduates, they begin to ask what lays ahead of an entry-level job, and start to recognize that they can achieve a leadership position over time. For learners without the educational requirements for their preferred career, Mining Essentials gives them the confidence and knowledge to further their education.

  • Every Mining Essentials delivery is founded on a partnership between Aboriginal communities, educators and employers to provide learners with the non-technical skills, knowledge and confidence needed for mining employment.

  • The Program’s success is demonstrated by a graduation rate consistently above 70%, with the majority achieving employment or furthering their mining education within six months of graduating.

  • Mining Essentials is the only national mining training program created in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations and in collaboration with the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, employers, educators and communities.

MiHR Guide for Aboriginal Communities (GAC)

This Guide is a tool for Aboriginal organizations interested in learning more about mining employment, as well as for those with a specific focus on developing mining-related training and employment opportunities for their communities. The Guide highlights the benefits mining can bring to individuals and communities.

Download the Guide.