The provincial government is investing more than 170 thousand dollars in a wilderness safety training program to prepare Indigenous people for careers in mining and environmental industries. The province is partnering with First Nations Mining Economic Development, University College of the North, Northern Manitoba Mining Academy and Workplace Education Manitoba to deliver wilderness safety training for up to 40 individuals from four participating communities. Training is currently underway in Mosakahiken Cree Nation and has been completed in God’s Lake Narrows First Nation and Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Marcel Colomb Cree Nation will be the final community to participate.
Graduates are expected to secure entry level employment in mining and environmental industries including assisting in early mining exploration activities. Other graduates will advance to formal prospector training.