Free geoscience course set for North Island

PORT HARDY-Geoscience BC, North Island College team up for two-day workshop with classroom, field components

PORT HARDY—Geoscience BC will present a free short course titled “Mining — What’s It All About?” Oct 27-28, 2012 in Port Hardy.

This free, interactive two-day workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

The first day will be a classroom session at North Island College; the second, a field trip to local geological sites.

The workshop gives First Nation communities a look into modern geoscience, mineral exploration and mining. The workshop is being presented and sponsored in collaboration with Island Coastal Economic Trust and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as a part of the recently announced Northern Vancouver Island Geoscience Exploration Project. A similar course was delivered in Campbell River in August, and was very well received. For more information about this project, please visit www.geosciencebc.com/s/NorthernVancouverIsland.asp.

The short course will be presented by Dr. Jim Morin, an engaging BCIT instructor and member of the Metis community. The first day of the course is spent in the classroom, with presentations and discussions that provide basic information about mineral deposits and mines, the mining cycle and selected specific First Nations issues related to mining. The second day involves an interesting field trip to local geological sites. Complimentary snacks and lunches will be provided for both days of the course.

First Nations community leaders, councillors, Elders, personnel involved in land use and planning, community relations, and economic development officers are encouraged to attend. This knowledge will help support informed decision making for the benefit and well being of First Nations communities.

Please note that local First Nations will get priority registration. If you are interested in learning more about this course, please download the course details by  visiting www.geosciencebc.com/i/pdf/2012-10-27_MiningSC.pdf.

This workshop follows the North Island Career Expo on October 26 at the Port Hardy Civic Centre, sponsored by the Mount Waddington Coordinated Workforce Initiative. For more information, please visit http://www.cfmw.ca.