International Minerals Innovation Institute

CIM Magazine

A mentorship program for women in mining, mining-focused lesson plans for Indigenous youth and a program encouraging young girls to consider careers in mining were among the winners of the International Minerals Innovation Institute’s (IMII) first-ever “diversity and inclusion challenge” in late January.

The Saskatchewan-based institute – which has a membership made up of mining companies, government agency Innovation Saskatchewan, post-secondary institutions and research groups  – gave a total $1 million to five programs focused on increasing the number of women and Indigenous people in mining. In total the projects received just over $680,000 in funding, and will also get $206,250 in cash and in-kind resources. All five programs will last for two years.

“We’re driven by the needs of our members and they’ve adopted [diversity] targets and support diversity and inclusion,” IMII executive director Al Shpyth told CIM Magazine. “We agreed there were some things we could better achieve if we acted together.”

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