Issue #18, Summer 2019
In This Issue:

Agnico Eagle Mines Supports the Delivery of New Activities in Nunavut AEM
Conveyor Belt Activity
This past spring, Mining Matters partnered with Agnico Eagle Mines to deliver four Mining Rocks Earth Science Programs in Nunavut's Kivalliq Region. Teams travelled to Baker Lake and Arviat where they facilitated learning activities focused on rocks and minerals, mineral exploration, mining, sustainability, industry careers and the importance of mineral resources in society.
A new STEM activity has been developed that challenges students to construct a conveyor belt out of unusual materials, such as dowels, binder clips and pool noodles. Students hone their creativity skills to build a conveyor that transports "ore" from one point to another.
Our career matching game, designed to promote awareness and make the connection between job titles, responsibilities and educational requirements, was translated into Inuktitut and updated to profile workers from the north.
The importance of mine water management was reinforced through a groundwater modelling activity that teaches students about porosity, permeability and how water and contaminants can move through an aquifer.
In Arviat, 87 students participated in the program and 77 students took part in the Baker Lake activities. Each student received the Mining Matters Activity Book, recently translated into Inuktitut.
Mining Matters thanks Agnico Eagle Mines for supporting these programs and the development and adaptation of new activities and resources.
New Translation of Posters and Activity Book translation
Front Cover of Inuktitut Activity Book
Mining Matters has developed ongoing relationships with communities in Nunavut and Northern Ontario. To support these relationships, several of our resources were translated into various Indigenous languages. The Mining Matters Activity Book is now available in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun. In addition, our Mining Makes It Happen posters, Music from the Earth and Medicine from the Ground Up, are available in Cree, Oji-Cree and Ojibway.
We are grateful to the following organizations for their support of our translation initiatives:
  • Agnico Eagle Mines
  • Aglu Consulting and Training Inc.
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Kitikmeot Corporation
  • Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
  • Outcrop Nunavut
  • Wawatay Communications Society
  • WinTranslation
Thanks to our Golf Tournament and Rock Cycle Sponsors golf2
The 13th annual Mining Matters Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic took place on June 13. Despite the rainy weather, more than 100 golfers completed the 18-hole course at Cedar Brae Golf Club while taking part in friendly challenges along the way. Excitement brewed as participants tried for a hole in one to win a trip to Jamaica and $10,000 cash.
In conjunction with our Golf Tournament was the 8th annual Rock Cycle Ride for Minerals Education. Eight cyclists embarked on an 80-km journey that took them through the Rouge Valley and neighbouring areas. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Roscoe Postle and Associates Ltd. for their continued support of the ride.
Pictures from the day are available on our website courtesy of Hark Nijjar Photography. Mining Matters would like to thank IBK Capital Corp., our Diamond Sponsor, and all our other sponsors, donors, supporters and volunteers for helping to make this day a success. To learn about next year's events, please contact Sarah Hahn at
North Bay Mining Week northbay
Mining Matters enriches the Ontario curriculum and supports teacher delivery in the classroom. Thanks to the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Northern Gateway and their goal to educate local youth about Earth science and the minerals industry, Mining Matters had the exciting opportunity to connect with elementary schools in North Bay.
Alongside the Mining Matters team, representatives from CIM Northern Gateway shared their stories about working in the minerals industry. Students listened with curiosity and admiration. 
Mining Matters is grateful to CIM Northern Gateway for their generosity and assistance in coordinating the programs during Mining Week. A special thanks to Gerry Black, Don Winter and Ryan Lyle of Cementation, as well as Geologist, Yana Preston, who enhanced our programs by volunteering as industry role models for students.
"The program exceeded our expectations. The instructors are engaging and the hands-on activities kept all the kids learning." - Teacher, Alliance Public School

National Indigenous Peoples Day indigenous
For National Indigenous Peoples Day, Mining Matters participated in programs in Timmins, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Nearly 500 people visited the Mining Matters booths.
Youth explored hands-on activities, such as Rock Discovery, Mineral Discovery and Product Matching. Visitors also participated in metal embossing and PPE dress-up.

Don Bubar Receives 2019 PDAC Distinguished Service Award bubar
Donald Bubar and Patricia Dillon, President and CEO of Mining Matters
Don Bubar, President and CEO of Avalon Advanced Materials, is the 2019 recipient of the PDAC Distinguished Service Award for his support for geoscience education in Canada, his exploration success, and his contribution to building awareness of Indigenous issues.

Don has worked in the industry for 40 years. He has made significant impacts, including leading the exploration team that discovered the Louvicourt copper-zinc mine near Val d'Or and founding the PDAC's Aboriginal Affairs Committee, which ignited important discourse between Indigenous communities and the minerals industry. Don currently serves on the Mining Matters Board of Directors.

KPMG Ping-Pong for Mineral Resources Education pingpong
Centerra Gold, champions of  the KPMG Ping Pong Tournament
KPMG hosted a Ping-Pong Tournament in June through which they raised funds for Mining Matters programs. Several corporations came together and donated more than $10,000 to our educational programs that teach the fundamentals of rocks, minerals, metals and mining. These funds will help us continue working with youth and in turn enable them to make informed choices in the future regarding the minerals industries. This generous support is much appreciated by everyone at Mining Matters.
A big thank you to Lee Hodgkinson, Partner and National lndustry Leader of KPMG's Canadian Mining Practice. Lee is a Director of Mining Matters and also serves as Board Treasurer.
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.

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