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Arviat to launch Diamond Driller’s Training Program in Nunavut

The Arviat Diamond Driller's Training (ADDT) program Advisory Group inspected an area of outcrop outside Arviat where hands-on training will take place. Members of the Arviat Diamond Drillers Training Advisory Group are (from left to right): Pierre Alexandre (Orbit Garant), Graeme Dargo (Agnico-Eagle Mines), Kevin Bussey (Kivalliq Mine Training Society), David Ittinuar (Nunavut Arctic College), Lori Shackleton (Nunavut Arctic College), John Main (Hamlet of Arviat), Jennifer Wright (Northern College), Robert Barnett (Boart Longyear), David Gorman (Northern College), Peter Alareak (Kivalliq Inuit Association) The Arviat Diamond Driller's Training (ADDT) program Advisory Group inspected an area of outcrop outside Arviat where hands-on training will take place. Members of the Arviat Diamond Drillers Training Advisory Group are (from left to right): Pierre Alexandre (Orbit Garant), Graeme Dargo (Agnico-Eagle Mines), Kevin Bussey (Kivalliq Mine Training Society), David Ittinuar (Nunavut Arctic College), Lori Shackleton (Nunavut Arctic College), John Main (Hamlet of Arviat), Jennifer Wright (Northern College), Robert Barnett (Boart Longyear), David Gorman (Northern College), Peter Alareak (Kivalliq Inuit Association) John Main, Hamlet of Arviat

Arviat, Nunavut (July 25, 2011) - Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard today announced approval of the Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training (ADDT) Program. This 10-week program will be offered to 12 Arviat students beginning in September of 2011. A second course is scheduled for January 2012 and will be open to residents of other Kivalliq communities.

“The equation seems pretty simple.” Mayor Leonard stated. “There is a big demand for diamond drillers to support mining exploration and development in the region. There is a huge and willing labour force in the Kivalliq. We already have over 50 people from Arviat working in the mining industry, but we have many more looking for work. This training course will provide the skills residents need to get these jobs.”

“Of course, this could not happen without our partners.” he added. “We thank each of them for their encouragement, support and generosity”. The ADDT program will combine classroom learning with hands-on training on a real diamond drill. It will cost nearly $1 million for the equipment and tools necessary to establish the program and about $250,000 for each class of 12 students.

Program Partners include:

  • Government of Nunavut, Department of Economic Development and Transportation
  • Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.
  • Orbit Garant Drilling Services
  • Boart Longyear Canada
  • The Kivalliq Mine Training Society
  • Nunavut Arctic College
  • Northern College
  • The Kivalliq Inuit Association
  • The Contaminants Remediation Training Organization of Canada

The Department of Economic Development & Transportation contributed funding under its Strategic Investments Program.

"This is another example of the Government of Nunavut following its ᑕᒪᑦᑕ Tamapta mandate," said Peter Tatpuna, Minister of Economic Development & Transportation with the Government of Nunavut. "We hope this funding will support community-based and sustainable economies. We want more Nunavummiut in the work force and this training is a way to do it."

Agnico-Eagle, Orbit Garant and Boart Longyear have also agreed to provide expert support to the program and have committed to hiring graduates on a priority basis.

Nunavut Arctic College will provide a classroom, tools and student support. The Hamlet of Arviat is providing a two-bay garage for the drill and other equipment. With current funding commitments, the program is funded for the first two 10-week courses. It is anticipated that the course will continue to be offered at least twice a year.

The ADDT Advisory Group met in Arviat on July 19th to iron out the program details:

Initially the program will be delivered by Northern College, in collaboration with Nunavut Arctic College.

Northern College have delivered the same program at their Kirkland Lake Campus in Ontario. The curriculum is based on an established program approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Nunavut Arctic College will take over delivery in the longer term, along with providing student accommodations and leadership in curriculum. An Inuit Assistant Instructor experienced in diamond drilling will help to prepare the students for work.

Graduates will have immediate access to well-paying jobs as surface diamond driller helpers. With experience they can advance to work as a diamond driller, and will be qualified to work anywhere in Canada or the world.

Mayor Leonard noted “Our immediate goal is to provide employment opportunities to residents of Arviat and other Kivalliq communities. We believe that this program will be a model for similar programs here and elsewhere in Nunavut.”

For further information contact:

John Main
Economic Development Officer
Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut
867-857-2941
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