SEG – Smithers Exploration Group

Gitanyow Career Day

March 2020

This career fair in the small Indigenous community of Gitanyow had approximately 15 booths with information on training and careers in different industries. SEG had a display of interesting rocks and minerals including two pieces of obsidian, one for display and one for a draw prize, he brought 100 mini-mineral sets which highlight minerals that we use everyday and polished agates to give away, bookmarks and Minerals Ed activity books. There were also SEG directories, information on local projects and careers in the industry. More students attended this event than usual since it was not held on a non-instructional day this year.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Public and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Kispiox Day of Science

February 2020

Science World, local scientists and the school arranged a day of science for the Kispoix school. Other schools from Indigenous communities in the region were bused into Kispiox to experience this day. Science World did two sessions of amazing scientific experiments and presentations which had the kids enthralled. Between the sessions, students visited tables which had been set up by the other scientists with displays and activities. These ranged from the Augmented Reality Sandbox, drones, engineering with egg drop tests, forestry and geology. This year, SEG sent two geologists, Ted Vanderwart P. Geo. had a mineral identification activity at one table and Lorie Farrell P. Geo. had a display of rocks and minerals including more interactive rocks like pumice in water and magnetite at another table. There were also colouring books and bookmarks, and enough mini-mineral sets to hand out once kids completed the mineral ID activity.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Public and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Bulkley Valley Research Centre

February 2020

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre hosts bi-weekly presentations through the winter months for local scientists. The subject of this one was: What is responsible development? The presentation included understanding the role of planning, independent science, early engagement, and co-management to improve decision-making, reduce impacts and increase benefits to local communities. It also touched on best practices in mining and forestry, looked at how the northwest economy is changing, and provided some examples of innovation and diversification in the region.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Education, Successful Exploration.

Gitanmaax Get Connected Career Fair

February 2020

This is the largest annual career fair in the region with over 1,000 people attending. In addition to the adults that attend, students are brought by bus from different communities through the day for a brief tour through the career fair. Attendees are given a “passport” that they need to get stamped at different booths, once it is filled out, they return it to be entered in a draw to win door prizes. Free lunches and snacks are available for people at the career fair and booths include employers, funders and educational institutions. Following the career fair there is DJ music and a dance until midnight.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Public and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Smithers CRC Cadets Group

February 2020

The Smither CRC Cadets group is a Grade 4 to 7 boys group that meets bi-weekly to do various activities including outdoor skills, woodworking or other relevant knowledge and skills. The activity for this meeting involved was for the Grade 5 group only and was a mineral identification activity run by Ted Vanderwart P. Geo. Thirteen mineral samples were randomly placed on papers labelled 1 to 13. The boys were supplied a list of the actual specimen names with key diagnostic features, supplementary information including Moh’s hardness scale and a list of different lustres. Steel nails, pennies, a hand lens, and a couple pen magnets were provided for the exercise. After a brief explanation of hardness and Moh’s scale and lustre, the group worked in pairs using the information and tools supplied to correctly identify the mineral. A recording sheet was provided for the boys to write the correct mineral name beside the sample number. The boys were given about 40 minutes to go through all the samples after which the samples were identified and a prize given to the group with the best score.

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