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MNO citizen Maria Vandenbrand at the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals
Association¡¯s 23rd Annual Conference.Submitted by Joanne Meyer, Director of Intergovernmental Relations
On November 23, M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Maria Vandenbrand spoke on the Youth Panel during the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association¡¯s (CAMA) 23rd Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Vandenbrand went to college for heavy equipment technician training and graduated with a diploma in motive power. After graduation, she initially went west to southeastern Manitoba but came back to Ontario, where she enrolled in the eight-week surface miner operator training program through the MNO M¨¦tis Mining Strategy. She graduated in November.
During the Youth Panel, Vandenbrand sat with five other Aboriginal youths. All six of them were invited by CAMA, an Aboriginal, non-profit organization which seeks to increase the understanding of the minerals industry, Aboriginal mining and Aboriginal communities¡¯ paramount interests in lands and resources.
¡°[It¡¯s] funny because I swore I would never go into mining after hearing all my family¡¯s old mining stories from their time underground 50-some odd years ago,¡± Vandenbrand said.
¡°But here I am! And I¡¯m loving it more than I could have ever thought.¡±
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