May 25, 2015
Smithers, BC - Eight students from the Nisga’a Nation spent two days visiting Alloycorp’s Avanti Kitsault molybdenum project as part of the Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining’s (NWCC SEM) Environmental Monitoring Assistant Program (EMAP).
The program was delivered in the Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw from February 3 to March 26, 2015 in partnership with the Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute and was funded with support from the Nisga’a Employment, Skills and Training and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
Students were invited to visit the project site and gain valuable exposure to work in the mining industry. Engineering consultants Knight Piesold worked closely with the EMAP participants as they conducted both ground and surface water samples, as well as sediment and erosion control work. Two additional Triton-Hobiyee employees of Nisga'a ancestry were on site to accompany the students and provide cultural context.
EMAP was developed in collaboration with industry to prepare graduates for employment in natural resources with a focus on environmental monitoring and entry-level environmental technician work. This intensive 330 hour program uses a hands-on field-based model that replicates the real work environment and gives graduates the practical skills and confidence needed to transition to the workforce. Course modules include terrestrial and aquatic monitoring, construction and industrial monitoring, natural resource field skills, and cultural resource management. Students also acquire essential first aid and field safety certifications, as well as job readiness skills.
“Engaging students with industry is an essential element of the success of the EMAP program,” said NWCC SEM Project Administrator Danielle Smyth. “Students graduate with a network of industry contacts to help their transition to employment or act as mentors, and they also gain a realistic window into potential career opportunities.”
NWCC’s School of Exploration & Mining and its partners would like to thank Alloycorp and the Avanti Kitsault project for this valuable opportunity and support.
Industry Education Liaison
250.847.4461 ext. 5831