Sudbury's science centre is partnering with The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) to develop a mineral literacy program to increase public awareness of the mining industry.
The program, called “Our Earth's Riches,” is a public outreach initiative that will showcase a high-tech mining industry and how it contributes to our way of life.
Science North is working with the CIM to design a 6,000-square-foot travelling interactive exhibit, which will be displayed at science centres and museums across Canada over a five-year period.
The creative team at the Sudbury science centre is designing and building this exhibit. A fundraising program is currently underway to build this display.
The exhibit is designed to increase public awareness of the industry. It's an extension of the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, a plan developed by federal, provincial and territorial governments in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders.
The plan outlines the roles of governments related to mineral resource development, and includes a vision, principles, and strategic directions meant to drive industry competitiveness.
CIM will be exploring ways in which initiatives like “Our Earth's Riches” can play a part in the federal government's long-term strategy for mineral literacy.
“This really is a step change in terms of public outreach for the mining industry and we believe it will increase awareness of the importance of minerals to our quality of life,” said Roy Slack, president of CIM, in a Dec. 19 news release.
“We are excited to be working with Science North to create a memorable experience for visitors. We intend to display the high-tech nature of the minerals and mining industry, and our sector's commitment to safe and sustainable development.”
Angela Hamlyn, CEO of CIM, hopes that the program will impact public perception and educate people on the essential contribution of the minerals industry to society.
Science North is Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attraction.
The CIM is an assocation of technical professionals in minerals, material and petroleum industries drawn from industry, government and academia.