Secondary: Mining in BC

Partner-teacher Bruce Kiloh delivers this workshop for secondary students. Students will be introduced to the various stakeholders involved in deveoloping a mineral resource in preparation for a town hall discussion on a proposed fictional mine.

Complex issues such as mining are better understood when examined from all angles and discussed. Written and designed for secondary grade levels for Social Studies, Geography, Earth Science, and Geology curriculums, this workshop will review the process of mineral resource development. Topics include mineral exploration and mine development, extraction and processing, sustainability and reclamation, economics, and Indigenous perspectives in resource development.

The heart of the unit is a fictional classroom case study of a proposed mine following the Environmental Assessment Act in B.C. where students will address the environmental, cultural, and ethical implications associated with mine development in our province. Once students have gained a basic overview, they are divided into groups that take on the role of a stakeholder in the development of the proposed mine. Research and evaluations are compared through a class discussion period. A consensus is reached once all groups have given their input.

This in-class workshop is presented by author and Partner-Teacher Bruce Kiloh, introducing the various stakeholders and laying the groundwork for the town hall discussion.The workshop includes a resource binder with background information for each step in the mining process, including real life case studies, and a kit of related materials ($100 value).

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Cost: $50/workshop

Please do not register on behalf of another teacher. If you would like to book multiple workshop for your school please email