Issue #16, Winter 2018
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In This Issue:

Celebrating 25 Years! anniversary
Delivering 25 years of excellence in mineral resources education, Mining Matters has reached 700,000 students, teachers and members of the public across Canada providing innovative, exceptional educational materials and activities.
Help us celebrate this important milestone! Support our 2019 special events . Make a charitable donation .
Your donation ensures that educators receive innovative Earth science teaching resources. Your generosity allows youth to learn about career opportunities and the technological advances that make Canada a world leader in the industry. Your support brings the wonder of Canada's geology and the importance of mineral resources to students, educators, Indigenous communities and the public.
Thank you for supporting 25 successful years! Our reach is growing. Our work is ongoing.
Mining Matters to Everyone!
Mining Matters Annual Newsletter NL2018
The 2018 Mining Matters Annual Newsletter is now available. It provides a summary of our achievements over the past year, highlights future activities and initiatives, and recognizes the generous support of individuals, corporations, associations, foundations and governments.

Click here  to view the newsletter online or email Sarah Hahn at to request a copy. 

Music from the Earth music
The fifth poster in our Mining Makes It Happen poster series is now available. Music from the Earth explores the use of minerals, metals and elements in the creation of musical instruments, performances and audio engineering. The poster features a range of instruments, including percussion, brass, woodwinds and strings, as well as electronic devices and the Earth materials that are used in their manufacture. Visit our website to download your copy today.

Mining Matters would like to thank SGS Canada, Canadian Heritage and the Québec Mining Association for their support of  Music from the Earth .
Mining Matters Hockey Tournament hockey
Face off with us at the annual Mining Matters Hockey Tournament as we celebrate 25 years of supporting teachers with classroom resources and training in mineral resources education.
You can now register for our Fossils Division (40+). Spaces in this division are limited to four teams and they will be granted on a first, come first served basis.
Download your  Sponsorship and Team Entry Package  today.
We look forward to seeing you there! For further questions, please contact Sarah Hahn, Tournament Coordinator at or 416-863-6463 ext. 321.
Volunteer Training Workshop volunteers
Are you interested in sharing your knowledge of the minerals industry with youth in classrooms or your community?
Do you have a desire to raise public awareness of the significance of mining in daily life?
On March 3, 2019, Mining Matters will host a workshop to train those who wish to volunteer with Mining Matters in a classroom or other public setting. The workshop will take place during the PDAC Convention and will train participants to implement a Volunteer Presentation Kit, complete with hands-on activities that can be delivered to a group. Participants will learn key messages, become familiarized with the components of the Kit and learn how to deliver its contents. If you are looking for ways to inspire the next generation of geoscientists, this is the perfect opportunity for you.
To register for this course, please contact or sign up on our website.
Mining Rocks in Northern Canada north
Between September and December, Mining Matters delivered 20 Mining Rocks programs and participated in geoscience, mining and environmental forums in the Northwest Territories, Nunavik, Nunavut and Yukon.

The Mining Rocks Earth Science program teaches students about the importance of Canada's mineral resources, Earth science, environmental science, the mining cycle and careers in the minerals industry. In both indoor and outdoor settings, students learn foundational concepts through fun and engaging hands-on activities, such as Cookie Mining, Scientific Testing of Minerals, matching everyday items to the mineral from which it is made, engineer design challenges to build a headframe out of straws and create a water filtration process, and art activities that allow students to create with different types of metal and complete a soapstone carving. Careers and the importance of safety are emphasized throughout the programs through the involvement of career role models.

Mining Matters would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for making the programs a success: ; Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest; Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada; Dettah District Education Authority; Fortune Minerals Ltd.; Glencore; Goldcorp Kaminak Ltd.; Government of Northwest Territories, Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment; Kitikmeot Corporation; Kitikmeot Inuit Association; Ndilo District Education Authority; Nighthawk Gold Corp.; Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines; Nuna Logistics Limited; TerraX Minerals Inc.; Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency; TMAC Resources Inc.; Yellowknife Catholic Schools, Yellowknife Education District No. 1.
Women in Rocks womeninrocks
The "Women in Rocks" Conference and Awareness Day took place on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The event was hosted by the Earth Resources Technician Co-op Program and the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming College in an effort raise awareness of the career and educational opportunities available to women in Earth resources. The conference showcased the variety of roles and career opportunities for women who are underrepresented in mining and mineral exploration, geotechnical engineering, environmental geology, drilling, blasting and other Earth resource-related fields.
The day opened with a career panel that included four speakers who represented different professional applications in Earth resources, followed by a panel discussion with the audience and culminated with an afternoon tour of the College's newly renovated GeoCentre, opened earlier this academic year, and gold panning. More than 75 students, members of the Fleming College community and the public participated in the event. Lesley Hymers, Manager of Education and Outreach Programs was invited to serve as one of the career panel speakers. We look forward to future collaborations.
Pre-Service Teachers' Mineral Resources and Mining Education Tour MRMET
In mid-November, the Canadian Ecology Centre and Mining Matters hosted a tour for 18 enthusiastic student teachers from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. This was the first tour held for an audience of teachers in training, as part of a new delivery model that includes incorporating tours into the University's professional development programs.
The tour combined elements from both the Foundations and Mine Life Cycle Tours, including a comprehensive Earth science and mineral resources hands-on learning workshop that included the fundamentals of mineral properties and identification, rock types, drill core and ore, products and an introduction to mining.
Richard Cook, Specialist Environmental Scientist with Knights Piesold, spoke to the candidates, sharing his vast mining industry professional experience. Tour participants visited Glencore's Nickel Rim South Mine where they explored the underground operation and the career paths available in the minerals industry. The tour culminated with a site visit to the Jane Goodall Reclamation Trail to discuss the theory and practice involved in the regreening of Sudbury. 
Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic and 
Rock Cycle Ride for Minerals Education golf
The annual Mining Matters Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic and Rock Cycle Ride for Minerals Education is fast approaching. These signature events will take place on Thursday, June 13, 2019. If you are interested in entering a foursome for the tournament or joining the ride, please contact Sarah Hahn at
To view pictures from last year's event, please visit our website.
WE'RE HIRING! hiring
Mining Matters will be adding dedicated, qualified individuals to our dynamic team starting January 2019. If you know a post-secondary student or recent graduate who is passionate about Earth science, enjoys working with kids, loves to travel and is interested in gaining valuable skills for a career in the minerals industry, this is a terrific opportunity. Please visit our website to view current job postings.
Support Mining Matters
Mining Matters  is a charitable organization committed to educating young Canadians about mining's importance to our quality of life. Your personal or corporate contribution supports the development and delivery of leading-edge educational programs that meet all Earth science curriculum expectations for the grades in which they're offered.

Charitable Registration Number: 88775 6435 RR0001

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