Best practices in Aboriginal development: Reclamation and Prospecting (RAP) program
The Northwest Community College School of Exploration and Mining in northern British Columbia has developed a program that successfully trains First Nations students in environmental monitoring and assessment skills applicable across the entire mining cycle. One year after completing RAP, 85% of 2007 graduates were employed. This session will outline details of the RAP program including details on how the program is delivered in a 40-person bush camp where students learned in the same conditions where they will work. The presenter will also identify how training was done by industry experts, with First Nations team leaders/mentors and elders providing one-on-one support to the students. The 11-weeks of training focused on safety, wilderness survival, navigation skills and environmental assessment techniques. Technical training was immediately applied during field trips.