Issue #17, Spring 2019
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Swing and Ride for Minerals Education rock2019
Help us celebrate 25 YEARS of providing teachers with resources and training in minerals education at the 13th Annual Mining Matters Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic on Thursday, June 13th. We will also be hosting the 8th Annual Rock Cycle Ride for Minerals Education.
Have a look at our brochure to view available sponsorships. Contact Sarah Hahn at for more information.
Mining Matters at the PDAC Convention PDAC2019
Students from North Toronto Collegiate Institute learn about professions in the mining industry at the Mining Matters booth.
At the 2019 PDAC Life Members Luncheon, members were recognized for their outstanding dedication to the association.  Life membership is a special honour awarded to PDAC members who maintain 25 years of continuous membership and who have reached 65 years of age. 
Among the members were past and present Mining Matters Board Members. Current President and CEO, Patricia Dillon, acknowledged Mining Matters 25th anniversary of supporting teachers with classroom resources and training in minerals education. Our first teacher resource units for Grades 6 and 7 were introduced in August 1994 to teachers in the Greater Toronto Area. Mrs. Dillon and the organization were applauded for this important milestone at the luncheon.
During the convention, Mining Matters also hosted more than 150 students and teachers and led students on a tour around the trade show floor to learn about mining, exploration, technology and career opportunities in the industry. Participants gained valuable knowledge about mineral exploration, relevant university programs and interacted with a wide range of mining companies.
Eighty elementary students from Thorncliffe Park Public School in North York attended Junior Day and 65 Grade 11 and 12 Earth and Space science students from North Toronto Collegiate Institute attended Senior Day. The program also taught students about various topics within the field of Earth science through hands-on activities including Canada Puzzle Maps, Optical Properties, Physical Properties of Minerals/Metals and Core Analysis conducted by Jeff Sage from the University of Waterloo.
Mining Matters would like to thank the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada for their support of our participation at the convention and the following companies and individuals for helping inspire the next generation of geoscientists:
  • The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario
  • Boart Longyear, GeoSoft Inc.
  • Laurentian University's Earth Sciences Department
  • Noront Resources Ltd.
  • Overburden Drilling Management
  • Phoenix Geophysics
  • Prospectors Booth: Karl Bjorkman
  • Thunder Bay Mining in Northwestern Ontario
  • University of Waterloo's Earth Sciences Museum
  • Yukon Geological Survey
Mining Matters Hockey Tournament Scores Big hockey2019
Bonterra Resources, Winners of 2019 Mining Matters Hockey Tournament
March 2, 2019
The 12th Annual Mining Matters Hockey Tournament took place on Saturday, March 2nd. For the first time ever, Mining Matters included a Fossils division for players over 40, which comprised four teams, in addition to the regular division. Congratulations goes out to Pilot Law LLP for their big win in this new category!
In the regular division, Bonterra Resources Inc. took home the coveted Caracle Cup after five eventful games beating out the other nine teams.
Mining Matters thanks all the teams and sponsors for their participation, generosity and support of our education and outreach programs. If you are interested in playing in next year's tournament, please contact for more information.

Pilot Law LLP, Fossils Division Champions
Inspiring the Next Generation in the Ring of Firerof2019
Mining Matters completed its eighth year of our partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (MENDM) to deliver programs in Ring of Fire communities. The Ring of Fire programs offer school workshops that are dedicated to teaching students about different topics within Earth science, including mining, mineral exploration and remediation through a variety of hands-on activities. The program also includes a community night that brings together all community members to engage in soapstone carving and amethyst jewellery making.
The programs were deemed a success based on the positive feedback provided by the students at the end of each program. Hands-on activities that took participants through the mining cycle and friendly team challenges that had them working together to build head frames created positive learning experiences for youth. Mining Matters also expanded to and delivered programs in three new communities as part of the Ring of Fire Program. These First Nation communities included Keewaywin, Deer Lake and Sandy Lake.
Mining Matters thanks MENDM for their valued long-standing partnership in mineral resources education.

Students take part in our Cookie Mining activity.
Our Work in the Kitikmeot Region Kitikmeot
This past winter, Mining Matters travelled to the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut to deliver Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach programs in Cambridge Bay, Iqaluit, Taloyoak, and Kugluktuk. These programs were made possible under the sponsorship of Kitikmeot Corporation, TMAC Resources Inc., Nuna Logistics Ltd. and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association.
Based on student feedback, the programs were a tremendous success with comments from participants affirming that they now understand the relevance of minerals in their lives. Through these programs, we reached 131 students from Grades 6 through 9. The participants learned about the importance of rocks, minerals, metals and mining in daily life and society at large. Careers in relation to the minerals and mining industry were also emphasized throughout the program.  
Mining Matters will continue to deliver more programs in Nunavut this spring. Two teams will be travelling to Baker Lake and Arviat in partnership with Agnico Eagle Mines. The upcoming program will focus more on the engineering and geochemistry aspects of the mining industry.
Mining Matters has delivered programs in northern Canada in collaboration with community, industry, education and government partners since 2001. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and partners for their generous support towards mineral resources education and helping us create awareness from coast to coast to coast.
Mining Matters was featured in Above & Beyond on February 27, 2019.
Mining Matters has had the privilege of seeing the spotlight in several different media outlets this year. We were featured in multiple publications to showcase our education and outreach initiatives.
In Canadian Mining Journal, you can read about our annual mining tours for teachers and educators. Our programs in northern Canada that expose youth to career opportunities in the industry are highlighted in Above & Beyond and in Canadian Mining Magazine, we see how Mining Matters has inspired students to pursue their interests in rocks and minerals. Mining Matters Executive Director, Laura Clinton, was also interviewed by The Globe and Mail to discuss what organizations are doing to address hiring needs and a gender gap in the industry.
To view a complete list of our media appearances, please visit our website.

Earth Science for Societyesfs
Kelly McBride, Teacher Training and School Programs Coordinator, teaches students how minerals are used to make everyday products.
Mining Matters took part in the Earth Science for Society (ESfS) exhibition in Calgary, AB this past March.

ESfS featured hands-on, interactive exhibits that demonstrate the importance of Earth science in our everyday lives. During the event, youth groups and junior high school students were guided through various exhibits that provided opportunities to learn about Earth sciences and potential career opportunities.

The 2019 event saw more than 3,000 students, teachers and members of the public.


Mining Matters is a charitable organization committed to educating young Canadians about mining's importance to our quality of life. Delivering 25 years of excellence in mineral resources education, Mining Matters has reached an estimated 700,000 teachers, students and members of the public since its inception in 1994.

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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