SEG – Smithers Exploration Group

Main Street Show and Shine

A Main Street sidewalk sale combined with a Classic Car & Dealer Vehicle Show, Lego races and a bouncy castle. People had their cars on display for people to look at or ask questions and could be entered to win awards for best cars in certain categories. Kay Mackenzie P. Geo. displayed her recently purchased Hyundai Kona electric car along with a display of minerals used in our everyday lives, MABC posters displaying different transportation modes that use mining and electric car posters promoting that “this vehicle runs on mining”. At the SEG booth, people could ask questions about the car and learn about the mined materials used in vehicles. Kay launched the annual Main Street Geocrawl where people tour main street and answer questions at various locations in order to get people thinking about the different ways that mined materials are seen around the community.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Socially Responsible Exploration; Public Awareness and Stakeholder Education

Muheim Cookie Mining

This was a Geologist visit to a Muheim Elementary School Kindergarten class. Kids learned about mining and exploration, drilling rocks and they were able to check out some core samples. They learned about working as a geologist, safety and orienteering while in the bush including learning about inReach satellite technology and using a map. Best of all there were cookies and they got to mine M & M’s out with toothpicks! Anastasia’s son Piran was also on hand to assist with cookie mining and approve reclamation activities before cookie consumption. Anastasia Ledwon brought maps and geology gear to talk to kids about being a geologist and about mining.

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

Kitsilano Beach

SEG provided partial sponsorship to the grade 11-12 Biology class from the Houston BC Seconday School to go to Vancouver on a class trip for a week. The class did a variety of science-based tours and activities including the aquarium, Science World and Lynn Canyon. SEG coordinated with Below BC for Andy Randell to give the class an outdoor geology tour of a section of the Kitsilano beach that cuts through a 50 million-year-old river channel. Students were able to have hands-on outdoor learning about sedimentary rocks.

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

Mini Minerals Set

SEG has purchased minerals for making mini-minerals sets. These mini-mineral sets contain between 3 – 4 mineral samples in a bag with a brief description of each mineral, the descriptions include a few items people use every day which are made of these mined minerals. SEG has made two different batches of these mini-mineral sets in the last few years and they are extremely popular with both people who like rocks and minerals and those who don’t realize the impact of mining on everything we use in modern life. We will be putting these together over the next few months and have noticed the lack of them since running out earlier this year.

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

Upcoming events

Upcoming confirmed events in August-September include our four day booth at the BVX Fall Fair, a Science Literary Week event at the Smithers library with a theme of “Oceans Research and Water”, Geology and Mining booth at Granisle Days, a Workshop with Geoscience BC, BCGS, GSC and the SEG Rock Room in Dease Lake in conjunction with a Memorandum of Understanding that the GBC has signed with the Tahltan. Creation of reproducible Mining Feeds and Mining Clothes posters to replace ones that were made for Minerals Rock in 2016 and new reproducible posters for Rock Cycle and Mineral Identification activities with display hand samples.