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Saskatchewan announces Indigenous mining skills training funding

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Saskatchewan announces Indigenous mining skills training funding

REGINA – The Government of Saskatchewan announced Sept. 1 a three-month agreement with training firm Morris Interactive to fund an Indigenous Mining Pre-Employment Program in the province.

The collaboration “aims to connect Indigenous communities with the mining industry, while embracing the digital transformation in potash mining,” a release stated.

“This partnership will improve employment opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers and increase participation in the resource sector. We’re excited to join forces with Morris Interactive to create meaningful opportunities in Saskatchewan, empower Indigenous talent and enable growth in the mining sector,” Saskatchewan Minister of Immigration and Career Training Jeremy Harrison said in the release.

In 2023-24 the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training is investing $48,000 in the Indigenous Mining Pre-Employment Program which will run from September to November with participants from the Cowessess First Nation and surrounding area. 

The goal, the release said, is to secure employment for participants in the potash mining sector upon completion of the program.

“The combination of driven students, the growing group of program partners (Mosaic, Cowessess First Nation, Conexus Credit Union and the Government of Saskatchewan), and the program’s industry sponsors are the foundation that truly leads to meaningful careers. We embrace the opportunity to see the students join the mining sector and take ownership of long-term careers that they are proud of,” Morris Interactive CEO Matthew Cey added.

The program introduces participants to the mining process through a 10-week program consisting of eight weeks of in-classroom learning and two weeks of work experience at Mosaic’s Esterhazy mine site. Participants will also use virtual reality, simulators and drone technology.

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