CMEBC – Chamber of Mines Eastern BC

Public Awareness and Education in Schools

The students were given a presentation about what the Chamber of Mines does, the history of mining in the Kootenays and about the importance of exploration and mining in our daily lives. The students brought in specimens to have identified and engaged in a question and answer period.

List of schools that CMEBC presented to on separate occasions during early 2019;

  • South Nelson Elementary School
  • Hume Elementary School
  • Trafalgar Middle School
  • LVR Secondary School
  • Winlaw Elementary School
  • Crawford Bay Elementary School

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Teachers of School District No.8 Professional Development Day

The teachers were shown the same presentation that is presented to the students about what the Chamber of Mines does, the history of mining in the Kootenays and  the importance of exploration and mining in our daily lives. The Teachers were then taken on a fieldtrip by Brad Gretchev to the Queen Victoria Mine in Beasley which is now a bat sanctuary which was presented by volunteers from the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network who spoke about the bat population. The teachers engaged in a question and answer period followed by a brainstorming session to discuss the ideas and tactics that teachers can use in their classes and how the Chamber can be utilized more often to facilitate education on minerals and earth sciences.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Mining Week initiatives: Chanko Mika Mall Public Outreach and Kaslo May Days Festival

For Mining Week, the Chamber of Mines hosted an outreach information table and display in the Chahko Mika Mall on May 12, 2019 and at the Kaslo May Days Festival on May 19, 2019. Both events aimed to engage the public in order to create more awareness and to educate people about the importance of exploration and mining in our daily lives. At both events, the public were welcome to view the mineral specimens on display as well as ask any questions they might have regarding exploration and mining in BC. There were many different educational handouts and the public were encouraged to bring a mineral specimen for identification.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Public Awareness Outreach

The Chamber of Mines hosted an outreach information table and display to engage the public in awareness and education at the following events;

  • Castlegar Rock, Gem and Fossil Show
  • Founder’s Day Celebrations

The Chamber of Mines gave their presentation on the history of mining in the Kootenays and about the importance of exploration and mining in our daily lives. The students brought in specimens to have identified and engaged in a question and answer period at the following event;

  • BC Wildlife Federation – Wild Kidz Camp

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

LV Rogers Secondary School – Fieldtrip

The students were taken on a fieldtrip to Crescent Valley to learn how to explore and placer mine for garnets. They were taught how to successfully locate and how to proficiently use a pan to collect garnets. They were also taught about the regulations pertaining to environmental protection regarding streams and rivers in BC.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education