National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

November 12, 2010 11:01 ET

Vale contributes $525,000 to NAAF for launch of mining module

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF), in partnership with Vale, launched a mining education curriculum module designed to inspire Aboriginal students to pursue careers in the mining industry. The launch event took place today at the N'Swakamok Native Alternative School at the Sudbury Friendship Centre.

As part of the launch, Vale announced a $525,000 contribution to NAAF to support the ongoing evolution of the program. The funds will support the research, development, design, DVD production and initial distribution of the module.

The innovative curriculum includes informative, relevant material that is being made accessible to high school teachers seeking to inspire students about possible career options in the mining sector.

"The Foundation's partnership with Vale is invaluable. Together we are providing Aboriginal high school students with a unique opportunity to see what their future could be if they decide to pursue a career in the mining industry," said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. "By showcasing fantastic role models and providing key information, our youth are being inspired to recognize their full potential. Thank you Vale for your vision and commitment!"

"Vale is pleased to partner with the NAAF on this important initiative to attract aboriginal youth to a career in mining," said John Pollesel, Chief Operating Officer of Vale Canada and Director for Base Metals Operations, North Atlantic Region. "We hope our contribution allows many high school aboriginal students to learn about all that our industry has to offer and that it inspires them to achieve their full potential through a rewarding career in our industry."

NAAF joins with industry partners, like Vale, to present career options in specific growth sectors, through a series of short documentaries and supporting curricula, with the aim of engaging and recruiting Aboriginal youth and assisting them to obtain rewarding and productive careers through education.

Other modules include Television, Radio Broadcasting, Health, Railway, Transportation, Justice and Environmental Health Officer. Some modules are produced in French and Inuktitut.

/For further information: Jamie Monastyrski
NAAF Director of Communications & Media

Contact Information

  • Jamie Monastyrski, Director of Communications, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-903-4331