Cowessess First Nation, partners launch course to train Indigenous students in potash mining

A new training program is equipping Indigenous students with the skills they need to work in potash mines in Saskatchewan. The Digital Transformation in Potash Mining: Cowessess Edition was created in partnership between the Cowessess First Nation, Mosaic, Morris Interactive, and the International Minerals Innovation Institute, and is designed to meet the need for Indigenous employees in potash companies. Students in the course complete eight weeks of classroom instruction to learn basic mining, safety, and automation skills, and complete a two-week practicum. Course material was reviewed by industry partners and First Nations communities before its delivery, and students from the local area were recruited so that they could live at home while completing their studies. “Cowessess saw this as an opportunity for our generations now and our future generations to enter the potash mining industry,” said Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme. “Not just as shovel-holders, but as potential management and senior management, as well.”