First Francophone Cohort to Graduate from “Mining Essentials” Program Offered at Collège Boréal
Collège Boréal is pleased to congratulate the first eleven students graduating from the “Mining Essentials” program which was offered in French for the first time in Canada thanks to the support of the Élargir l’espace francophone initiative. The Aboriginal students completed nine weeks of training through the contribution of the Métis Nation of Ontario and Destination réussite – Volet 1 Nord. They also benefited from in-class learning, workshops, and visits to mining sites as well as presentations from mining experts.
The graduates had the opportunity to work with heavy equipment and earn several professional certificates attesting to their level of knowledge of various industry sectors. They also received guidance from an Elder and participated in workshops on the customs of the First Nation and Métis people.
“Collège Boréal is proud to work in partnership with the Élargir l’espace francophone initiative in order to offer a program designed to prepare young people for the labour market while honouring their culture. It was high time the program be offered in French.”
-Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
“This program is a first in French Ontario, not to mention in Canada, and reflects how our educational system is striving to meet the needs of the workforce while recognizing the cultural and linguistic diversity of students. It is a stepping stone to future initiatives in numerous industries and, as such, is definitely worth pursuing. Congratulations!”
-Michel Perron, Community Liaison Officer, Élargir l’espace francophone
- 11 students will receive their diploma as well as approximately 10 training certificates in fields such as Fall Prevention, Heavy Equipment Handling, and Health and Safety.
- All of the students come from the Greater Sudbury area.
- The program was created through a partnership between the Mining Industry Human Resource Council (MiHR) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and in collaboration with the mining and education sectors as well as aboriginal organizations.
- This program was also made possible through the generous contribution of the Métis Nation of Ontario and Destination réussite – Volet 1 Nord.
- Six hours per week, Métis Nation Elder Mr. Richard Meilleur worked with the students and hosted various cultural workshops on topics such as smudging ceremonies, the creation of dream catchers, and moccasin making.
- It is the first Francophone cohort to graduate from this French program in Canada. The program “Mining Essentials” has been offered in English to more than 300 participants.
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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To find out more about the Élargir l’espace francophone initiative, please visit the following website: www.espacefranco.com.
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