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Québec Mines Discovery: An Opportunity for Citizens to Become More Familiar with the Mining Sector

Gladys Chamberland
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

As in every previous year, Québec Mines 2014 offers an opportunity for the general public and students from elementary and secondary schools to learn about the importance of mine development in their everyday lives.

Watch the Québec Mines Discovery promotional video and share it with people you know, so that they, too, can attend the event’s Open Day. 

Watch the Québec Mines Discovery promotional video and share it with people you know, so that they, too, can attend the event's Open Day.

Guided tours for school groups will take place on all three days of the Congress. Young visitors will discover the M4S Salon, which hosts the CIM’s educational exhibition on mines, metals, minerals and materials. The various pavilions will present interactive exhibits on different steps in the mining process, including exploration, treatment, processing and products, and on the geosciences. Once again this year, roughly 2,500 students are expected to visit Québec Mines Discovery.

On the Wednesday afternoon, Québec Mines opens its doors to the general public. They will have access to all the regular activities on the program, including the exhibition halls, the M4S Salon, and the conferences. Open Day is an excellent opportunity for all Québec Mines participants and exhibitors to become ambassadors for sustainable mine development.

Training Day for Teachers

Québec Mines Discovery also held a training day on September 19, 2014 for teachers and guidance counsellors from the primary school level. The theme of the training day was how mineral resources transform the world. Geology experts from the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles along with others passionate about this field presented to about twenty teachers from 14 schools located in Montreal and its surroundings, conferences and workshops on minerals, rocks, geological provinces and industrial minerals as well as their utility in everyday life.

The comments were unanimous: “The content of the presentations was highly relevant and this subject matter will be very useful when teaching in class.”

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