May 22, 2019
With licences, tags, and tools in-hand, aspiring prospectors will soon be striking out on-the-land and learning to stake claims.
Two Introduction to Prospecting courses are being offered to residents of the Northwest Territories for the fifth year.
Courses will be offered on June 12 and 13 offering guaranteed spots for pupils nominated by Indigenous governments outside the Beaufort Delta, and June 14 and 15 — both sessions in Yellowknife.
Nominated candidates will be funded by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment for required travel and accommodations to take the course.
There are plans to hold a separate intake for residents of the Beaufort Delta and those nominated by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Gwich'in Tribal Counil later this year.
The NWT Geological Survey and Mining Recorders Office - divisions of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment - are partnering with the Mine Training Society, TerraX Minerals, and the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines to deliver the programming.
The course will provide participants with the core skills for prospectors in the NWT:
- prospecting basics;
- claim staking;
- assessment regulations;
- basic geology; and
- the exploration cycle.
Industry professionals will demonstrate how to use prospecting tools, assess local terrain, and provide a demonstration on staking claims in an active exploration site. The first day of the program will be classroom-based, while the second will see participants learning in the field.
Field work will be carried out on TerraX Minerals exploration property near Yellowknife.
Instructors from the NWT Geological Survey, Mining Recorders Office, and TerraX Minerals will deliver the course material.
A $50 fee will be charged for the training, which includes a prospector's licence, all tools, and lunch.
Helping increase public awareness of exploration and helping build capacity for Indigenous governments in the sector are actions identified in the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Mineral Development Strategy.
Implementing the Mineral Development Strategy is a commitment in the GNWT mandate.
To apply, contact the Mine Training Society
Applications due by June 4