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Skills & Partnership Program

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek is currently delivering a post secondary environmental training and development course targeting Indigenous women and youth in the Greater Sudbury region. The ‘Indigenous Environmental Keepers’ or IEK Course aims to increase the employability of our targeted group.  The course focuses on the environmental aspects of mining, mine closure & rehabilitation, delivered through not just a technical but cultural perspective. It includes ‘Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources’ (BEAHR) training & Ecological Restoration training regarding techniques for conducting environmental baseline studies, monitoring, and rehabilitation of mine sites. Additionally, an important component of the training program is the integration of traditional knowledge into environmental monitoring and ecological restoration practices. Knowledge holders from each of the surrounding First Nations have shared their experience, insights, and guidance on these topics in both the classroom and field settings. The Skills & Partnership Program staff are running 2 cohorts of this 1-year long IEK course, held between January 2018 and November 2020.

Please contact Joanne Bendick, Skills & Partnership Program Acting Coordinator, for inquiries and further details at (705)690-7787 or

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