The federal government is committing $2.5 million to help train miners in northern Saskatchewan.
Prime Minster Stephen Harper makes an announcement during a media event at Northlands College in Air Ronge, Sask., Wednesday. — Photo by The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement Wednesday at a training college in Air Ronge, a several-hour drive northeast of Prince Albert.
Northlands College will use the money to purchase and house training simulators.
The simulators, akin to flight simulators, will allow students to virtually learn how to operate heavy mining equipment and how to react to emergencies.
The college plans to recruit northern Saskatchewan residents and aboriginals for the training.
Most mining activity in the region involves uranium. Saskatchewan is the world’s second-largest producer of the radioactive metal after Kazakhstan. The province has 16 per cent of the world’s primary production.
There is also a gold mine in the region and a copper and zinc operation near Creighton on the Manitoba boundary.
Across the street from Harper’s announcement, 20 protesters held up signs urging him to do more to fight native poverty and environmental degradation.