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Long Hole Drillers Successfully Trained and Employed

Long Hole Drillers Successfully Trained and Employed

In November 2018, Avataa recruited 5 Inuit youth from Nunavik to participate in a training program in collaboration with the CMAC-Thyssen Mining Group. The youth undertook 5 weeks of theoretical and practical training in Val d'Or. The candidates successfully completed their training at the beginning of December 2018, and continued their apprenticeship at the beginning of 2019 at the Canadian Royalties Expo mine in Nunavik. Please see the video of the inspiring young inuit who took part in the training, https://youtu.be/-LloLFJgOPA

Avataa-CMAC is very proud to successfully produce an Inuit workforce that is properly trained and certified according to the Canadian and Quebec Mining standards. We are continuing to strive to train more Nunavimmiut and hope to collaborate with the Mines operating in Nunavik to keep them employed in the region. Although, the training and certification that they receive allows them to operate in any mine in Canada and around the world, it is our hope that they can be employed in the region where they are from.

We had the privilege of receiving the permission from Elisapi D. Aningmiuq to use the song which was written by the late Etulu Aningmiuq "Qanniuguma" along with the artist who performs the song, Elisapee Isaac in her new album "The Ballad of the Runaway Girl." We are honoured to use this song in this special video and we extend our gratitude for this special privilege.

Nakurmiik, Merci, Thank you.

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