Natural Resources Television (IDNR-TV)

Natural Resources Television (IDNR-TV)

November 10, 2010 20:56 ET

1st Quebec Mining Film Festival A Smash Hit!

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The first Quebec Mining Film Festival took place Thursday evening in front of a full audience at the Cinema du Parc in Montreal. Before a panel of 250 people, Mr. Pierre Corbeil, the head minster of development of the Abitibi-Temiscamingue and northwest region of Quebec, welcomed the initiative of the management team of IDRN-TV and the Festival. Many men and women, through their bursts of creativity and innovation, have helped construct and grow and a social, economic and cultural life marked by its originality and environmental concerns. Using their stories, great and small, the teams brought to light the contributions of the mining industry to the development of Quebec's economy.

Mr. John Longchap, the former Big Chief of the Mistissini Cree Nation, welcomed the opening and the solid partnership that was established with the Cree community by the mining industry in Northwest Quebec, recalling in particular the active involvement of the Cree community in the revitalization, especially at the site of the Troilus mine, two hours north of Chibougamau. The site was closed in June 2010, after several decades of exploitation, during which it produced 2,000,000 ounces of gold.

"IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS MALARTIC," "QUÉBEC A DE LA VEINE," "MEADOWBANK" and "TROILUS" achieved great success in the auditorium, which included many students from the École Polytechnique de Montreal, McGill University and the University of Quebec, among others.

The Ebe Scherkus Award for excellence in mining development strategy and the Scott Jobin-Bevans Award for studies in earth sciences were inaugurated at the Festival, each consisting of grants in the amount of $2,500. The awards will be given during the year to college and university students who apply and are selected by popular participation.


Given the Success of the First Festival, the IDRN-TV Management Team Announced That the Cultural, Economic, and Social Event Would Become Permanent in Order to Encourage the Growth of the Many Talents Arising from Different Teaching Programs Related to Earth Sciences, Such as Mining Engineering.

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