Northern College Recognizes Graduating Women in Mining Essentials Program

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern College was pleased to celebrate with students who graduated from the MIHR Mining Essentials program Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 1:30 pm at the Timmins Campus. The 12-week work-readiness training program was completed by a dozen Indigenous women from across the region.

Northern College President and CEO Fred Gibbons congratulated the graduates on their achievement. “The opportunity is now. The Mining Essentials program helped to prepare and empower these graduates to enter and succeed in the mining industry,” said Gibbons. “The program provides an overview of the range of opportunities available in mining and the skills and credentials required to access them.”

The Mining Essentials program’s primary objective is to develop students who are prepared for employment. Throughout the program, students received a combination of theory and hands-on training and took part in enrichment and cultural activities. The program also included training in First Aid/CPR, Mental Health First Aid, WHMIS, Working at Heights, Transportation of Dangerous Good and Confined Space Awareness.

“This program is the best experience I have ever had. For only 12 weeks in class, I felt a new growth in me. It’s so empowering and worth sharing with other women,” said Chantal Therriault-Denis, a graduate of the program.

The training program was delivered through a partnership between Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR), Wabun Tribal Council, Mushkegowuk Employment and Training Services, and Northern Training Division. Other partners included local mining companies Lakeshore Gold and Goldcorp (Porcupine Gold Mines), who provided tours of their mine sites to all students.

“The Indigenous women in this Mining Essentials Program are a big part of the future of the Mining Industry. We were very pleased to be part of providing context for their training,” said Mary Boyden, Indigenous Community Relations Manager at Goldcorp.

Photos of students celebrating their achievements taken at the Indigenous Women in Mining Essentials Program graduation ceremony at the Timmins Campus on June 16, 2016.

Photo of students celebrating their achievements taken during the graduation ceremony at the Timmins Campus.

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