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Member of Lake Babine Nation receives CAMA bursary

SMITHERS A proud member of the Lake Babine Nation is the recipient of a $3,000 Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) bursary. Richie Dominic Jr., grandson of Kathy Dominic and son of Richard Dominic Sr., will use the bursary to complete his Associate of Arts degree specializing in Archeology and Cultural Resource Management at Northwest Community College. SEM instructor Richard Jenne said, Richie has consistently stood out both academically and in the workplace. From his first training in the Environmental Monitor Assistant Program (EMAP), through his work as a Cultural Resources Field Assistant, Drillers Helper and, most recently, Team Leader, in NWCCs Workforce Exploration and Skills Training program, Richie has shown an amazing work ethic and aptitude for work in the mining and exploration industry. I couldnt think of a more deserving student to receive a CAMA bursary." In his application for the bursary, Dominic wrote, Archeology and Cultural Resource Management have become a passion of mine since I was first introduced to the field. I am interested in understanding my own cultural origins and traditional knowledge and passing this information onto my peers and community members. Tracey McKay (Nisgaa) and Michelle Blackburn (Tahltan) were the previous recipients of the CAMA bursary. CAMA is an Aboriginal, non-profit organization which seeks to increase the understanding of the minerals industry, Aboriginal mining and Aboriginal communities' paramount interests in lands and resources.

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