Second Training Intake to Start with Northern College, Primero and Wahgoshig

Northern College News and Events

Date Posted: December 23, 2015

MATHESON, ON: Northern College, in partnership with Primero Mining Corporation and Wahgoshig First Nation, will be starting their 2nd intake for Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program, a program that is tailored to Indigenous learners starting December 28th.

After a successful first intake, the new students entering the Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core are looking to follow in the footsteps of the recent graduates who are now ready to enter the work force after successfully completing the program earlier this month. Building upon the most recent success from the 1st intake of this program, Elder Paul Chokomolin from Wahgoshig First Nation was quoted at the graduation held on December 18th, “on behalf of Chief and Council, we congratulate the graduates of the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Program.” “Our funders and partners were key to its success.”

Primero General Manager, Dan Gagnon at the Black Fox Complex echoed Elder Paul Chokomolin’s comments at the graduation stating “Primero is very proud to have partnered with Waghoshig First Nation and Northern College in the 1st intake of the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program funded by the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund. It was a privilege to see the students grow to trained miners and to participate in the graduation.”

Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services at Northern College says “We are very fortunate to be able to offer a second intake of this innovative training opportunity for local Indigenous learners”. “Our partnership with Primero and Wahgoshig First Nation reflects our commitment to providing innovative education and training opportunities for Indigenous learners.”

The Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program is 14-weeks, and will be delivered onsite at Primero’s Black Fox Complex, with curriculum and instructors provided by Northern College. This program is being offered tuition free for all six students, thanks to funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure’s Aboriginal Economic Development Fund. Transportation to the training site from Wahgoshig, as well as additional student support, will be provided by Wahgoshig First Nation.

For more information about the upcoming Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program at Primero’s Black Fox Complex, contact Cora-Lee Morin, Program Assistant at Northern Training Division, by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 2174, or by email at

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