Secondary Mining in BC

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 Resource Unit is intended to increase the base knowledge of educators and students about the minerals industry in B.C and review the process of mine development. Topics include mineral exploration and mine development, extraction and processing, sustainability and reclamation, and economics.

The heart of the unit is a fictional classroom case study of a 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. This unit has an emphasis on Indigenous stakeholders with specific case studies and quotes from the Tahltan Nation. 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. The case study can be used in the classroom for three weeks to one month.

Participating teachers receive a comprehensive support kit (valued at $250) which includes:

  • a 150-page teacher’s binder with information on each step in the mining process with complimentary activities and information your classroom case study
  • a wealth of support materials including maps, posters, DVDs, and more
  • a Mining Samples Kit and Reclamation Experiment Kit
  • a USB with digital materials and links to relevant geoscience and mining webpages

The Secondary: Mining in BC Resource Unit is available to teachers, TTOCs, and student teachers through a half-day instructional in-person or virtual workshop. Find out when the Next In-Service Workshop is or Contact Us to request a workshop in your district!