Northern College, Wahgoshig First Nation, Primero Mining Enter Partnership

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MATHESON, ON: Members of Wahgoshig First Nation will soon be able to earn a Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core certification not far from their community, thanks to a new partnership between the First Nation, Northern College and Primero Mining Corp.

The partnership will see two deliveries of Northern College’s Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program at Primero’s Black Fox Complex, located just outside of Matheson. Each 14-week delivery will have room for six students, who will come from Wahgoshig First Nation.

“At Northern College, we are driven by our commitment to increasing access to educational opportunities for members of Indigenous communities,” says Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services at Northern College. “That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Wahgoshig First Nation and Primero to increase access to our world-renowned common core training.”

The program is being offered tuition free, thanks to funding provided by Ontario’s Aboriginal Economic Development Fund. Daily transportation to and from the training site, as well as additional student support, will be provided by Wahgoshig First Nation. “When Aboriginal people prosper, all of Ontario prospers. That’s why we’re working to deliver results for Aboriginal communities through our Aboriginal Economic Development Fund. It’s going to take partnerships like the Wahgoshig Primero Northern College Training Initiative to the next level, creating jobs, training and business opportunities for Aboriginal communities “says David Zimmer, Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

“We’re very excited to be working with Primero and Northern College to provide these opportunities for members of our community to take advantage of the significant industrial developments occurring in our area,” says Chief Dave Babin of Wahgoshig First Nation. “This is an excellent example of how partnerships between First Nations, industry and training providers will lead to prosperity for our region.”

“We’re proud of the relationship we have established with Wahgoshig First Nation, and are happy to be expanding that relationship to include training opportunities,” says Graham Reid Health, Safety & Environment, & Security Manager at Primero Mining Corp. “By working together to develop a stronger workforce, we’re creating an environment where everyone involved will enjoy the benefits of our collective success.”

For more information about the upcoming Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program at Primero’s Black Fox Complex, contact Diane Leblond, Program Officer at Northern Training Division, by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 2294, or by email at

Included in the photo from left to right: Chief Babin, Wahgoshig First Nation, Dan Gagnon, General Manager, Primero Black Fox Complex., Fred Gibbons, President, Northern College, Graham Reid, Health, Safety & Environment & Security Manager, Primero Mining Corp.

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