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Oshki-Pimache-O-Win launches to help teach mining to Aboriginal Youth.
Oshki-Pimache-O-Win launches to help teach mining to Aboriginal Youth.

Mining Portal offers Youth a Career Choice

THUNDER BAY – Business – Finding skilled employees in the mining sector is going to be needed for Northwestern Ontario to realize the full potential of mineral value the region has to offer. Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle says that getting it right is critically important. There needs to be a balance between economic development, economic opportunity, and revenue sharing. 

One of the keys to getting it right, is getting Aboriginal youth engaged in mining, and getting the needed tools in place so that the needed training and education is in place to become engaged in the mining sector.

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win offers an innovative web portal designed to assist young people in Learning How to Mine. is directed toward First Nations youth, and in particular with efforts toward the Ring of Fire in Northwestern Ontario.

Mining and offering a future for youth in Northwestern Ontario. Oshki-Pimache-O-Win offers learning experiences for youth. The project takes the form of an interactive video game, and allows the youth to gain knowledge about what they need to do in order to make a difference in their education choices to have a career in mining. 

The project is an effort that combines resources from across Northern Ontario. Goldcorp opened their facilities to help fund and support the portal. The videos used in the L2M Portal are short, and focused to capture the youth.

L2M Portal Videos are Designed for Youth

The process of developing the portal was made with engagement from Elders, educators and industry, and from what the youth state, the project was done right. At the launch, young people were engaged with the process and making their way through the process of learning more about mining.

The launch of the L2M Portal in Thunder Bay put youth across Northwestern Ontario on a path to be able to choose a career in mining.

The partnership includes Cambrian College, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, Sioux Hudson Literacy Council, and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win.

The project was also supported partly with funding from the Government of Canada.

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