Aboriginal Programs


Focusing on excellence in aboriginal outreach with a commitment to education and community partnerships.
Mining Rocks Earth Science Programs
Teacher Workshops

School Programs

School Programs

Supporting teachers through professional development workshops and hands-on resources.

Outreach Programs

Public Outreach

Raising awareness through interactive activities at events across Canada.
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Engaging industry to support our mandate since 1994.

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NEW 2016 groundWORK

The 2016 groundWORK newsletter for educators is now available! French version coming soon.

Cover Photo of groundWORK 2016

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Activities and Events

Mining Rocks Earth Science Programs

Our Aboriginal Education and Outreach Programs team will be in the following communities in the upcoming weeks!

August 23 to 25, 2016

Ginoogaming First Nation, Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

August 23 to 25, 2016
Neskantaga First Nation, Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines


STEM Camp Logo

Mining Matters presented at STEM Camp locations across Southern Ontario this summer during their Minecraft weeks. Campers learned about rocks, minerals, diamonds and what is fact or fiction in Minecraft! Thanks for having us!

STEM Camp in Burlington July 6, 2016 - group shot

Mining Matters to Students


In-School Geoscience Workshops for Students

Mining Matters now offers student workshops that will have your students working collaboratively to identify properties of Earth materials, while they engage in discussions to better understand where and how these resources form.  Mining Matters student geoscience workshops include local and regional perspectives by showcasing samples that are sourced in Ontario. There are over a dozen workshop options to choose from! *There is a nominal fee associated with this service.

Student workshops are now available to schools in Greater Toronto Area. The workshops can be designed with one of three goals in mind:
1. Induction: an introduction or set induction to activate prior knowledge
2. Concept Exploration: reinforcement of concepts, topics, and or theories already covered about the subject matter by the teacher, or
3. Reinforcement: an extension/enrichment to stretch the student and engage them in critical thinking.  

Request a student workshop today!

Join the 2017 WHERE Challenge judges panel

Demonstrate your commitment to minerals education by joining the 2017 WHERE Challenge judges panel. Active and/or retired teachers, CGEN members, industry partners and those with working in Earth science outreach are welcome. Volunteering as a judge requires just a few hours, but the experience lasts a lifetime. Registration opens in September! 

Save the Date! Mining Matters School Programs at the 2017 PDAC Convention

Sunday March 7 to Tuesday March 10, 2017

Since 2007, Mining Matters has presented a three-day, hands-on learning school program for educators as well as elementary and secondary students at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange in downtown Toronto, Ontario. This learning opportunity, generously sponsored by IBK Capital Corp., is beneficial to all educators and students, but might appeal most to those interested in geology, engineering, natural resource management, mining, and environmental practices related to land use. Participants will visit the Trade Show and chat with some of over 1,000 exhibitors, exposing them to the immense scope of the mineral exploration and mining industry.

Interested in bringing your school to experience this unique experiential learning event? Submit your name to the 2017 participating school lottery. Two lucky school groups; one elementary (Junior or Intermediate panel) and one secondary (grade 9/10), will join international delegates at the world's leading mining and mineral exploration conference hosted by Mining Matters at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Sent your note of interest to School Programs. Good luck!

The Mining Matters education program is made possible by the the generous sponsorship and support of