The Government of Yukon is providing Yukon Women in Mining with $68,000 for Yukon Mining Days events taking place across the territory. The first events will take place in Watson Lake on May 13 and in Ross River on May 15. Additional events are planned for Mayo and Carmacks in September, with other communities to follow in 2020.
The initiative will bring Yukon exploration and mining companies together with industry associations and partners to give communities, women and youth an opportunity to learn more about Yukon’s mining sector and its career, business and investment opportunities.
The events will comprise of education, interactive activities and information sessions on topics such as geology; mapping; exploration; infrastructure; investment; technology and innovation; and engagement. There will also be opportunities for community businesses and First Nations development corporations to learn more through sessions and meetings with leaders in Yukon’s mineral industry.
Yukon’s mining industry is full of opportunities for women, youth and businesses. Yukon Mining Days will engage communities and encourage more Yukoners to explore the territory’s mining sector and all that it has to offer. These events will help Yukoners maximize their career and contracting opportunities in mining exploration and development activities while promoting responsible resource development that brings benefits to Yukon communities.
Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai
Our school curriculum is shifting toward a greater emphasis on applied skills, trades and career education and connecting youth with local industry shows them how they can use their education to build a positive future for themselves in their own communities. Yukon Mining Days will allow youth and girls in particular to engage with experts in the mining sector so they can learn about the many career opportunities available to them.
Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee
One of the greatest barriers to women entering the mining industry is a community’s understanding and awareness of the value of the sector. The Yukon Mining Days events will connect with young women, their families and their communities to help break down this barrier and set a path for diversity in one of Yukon’s most significant sectors. We are excited to work with leaders in exploration, the Government of Yukon, schools and industry associations to create educational activities that benefit the entire community.
Yukon Women in Mining President and Founder Anne Turner
Teacher training packs, developed by Mining Matters and supported by Yukon Women in Mining and partners, will be available to teachers and schools where Yukon Mining Days will be presented.
Yukon Mining Days is a partnership between the Government of Yukon, Yukon Women in Mining, Yukon Mining Alliance and other Yukon mining-related organizations.