Mining Essentials

Mining Essentials Training

Mining Essentials:  A Work-Readiness Training Program for Aboriginal Peoples


Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS) in co-operation with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), announced the pilot launch of the Mining Essentials Program as one of three sites in Canada which was started in November 2010 and completed in March 2011.  AETS delivered a second Mining Essentials Program (see linked brochure), which started in April 2012 and ended in June 2012.  A third Mining Essentials Program is started in the late Fall 2012 and ended March 27, 2013.


Mining Essentials enhances relationships and co-operation among Aboriginal communities, education and industry by supporting training and hiring goals outlined in many formal and informal agreements (i.e. Impact Benefit Agreements).  Mining Essentials is the only national work readiness program for Aboriginal peoples in mining.  The program aims to ensure Aboriginal peoples have the essential skills and work-readiness training needed to enter mining and to provide industry with a local, employment-prepared workforce.  Please visit the following MiHR Webinar, which took place on July 4th 2012 for more information.


The first pilot site with Mining Essentials was in partnership with the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation, Pic Mobert First Nation, Barrick - Hemlo and Confederation College’s Training & Development Department.  Please note the stakeholder video introduction and picture from the first Summer 2010 meeting.


The second delivery with Mining Essentials started in the Spring of 2012 and involved five First Nation communites (Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation), Michipicoten First Nation, Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation, Pic Mobert First Nation and Red Rock Indian Band), Barrick - Hemlo and Confederation College’s Training & Development Department.


The third delivery with Mining Essentials took place from the late Fall of 2012 until Spring 2013 and involved Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation), Lac Des Iles Palladium Mine and Confederation College’s Training & Development Department.


Please see the following project information links from the first pilot site delivery :


MiHR Mining Essentials Course Content and Timelines

MiHR Learning Outcomes - Summative Mining Essentials Work Readiness Skills

Orientation Agenda, Powerpoint Presentation and Picture Slideshow

Press Release, Brochure and Article 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Trainer Team Picture and MiHR Team Picture

Class Picture with First Nation & Barrick-Hemlo Representatives



Class Christimas 2010 Lunch with First Nation High School Students1,  2, 3

Student Work Enrichment Picture Slideshow1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Class Picture Underground with Barrick-Hemlo

Student Video Testimonials

Program Graduate Resumes - If you are a potential employer, please call 807-346-0307 and ask for John or email to get access to resumes via this password protected section of the website.  Please note that each participant has completed Grade 12 (or equivalency) and has the following certification approved:


Environmental Monitor Training - Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) Project

Surface Miner Common Core (Work Safely in Job Environment - U5030, Lock Out/Tag Out - U5031, Operate Hand/Power Tools - U5032)

Underground Common Core (Barrick - Hemlo Basic - U0000, U0001, U0002)

Mining Essentials - Mining Industry Human Resources Sector Council, including over four weeks of experience in up to ten different departments at Barrick - Hemlo

First Aid and NORCAT General Safety Awareness

Mining Plus (Exploration/Drilling Awareness at Bending Lake Iron Group including 2 -10 Day Tour Activities)