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PDAC Supports the Government of Canada and AFN's Collaborative Commitment to Reform First Nations Education

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/07/14 -- The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) supports the Government of Canada and Assembly of First Nation's (AFN) collaborative commitment to reform First Nations education. Today, the AFN and the federal government came together to introduce of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act to reform education in an effort to improve K-12 education outcomes for First Nation students.

"The success and prosperity of Canada, First Nations and the mineral industry are intrinsically linked," says Ross Gallinger, PDAC's Executive Director. "First Nation communities and the mineral industry are natural partners. We are highly encouraged at the steps taken by both the Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations in working towards investing in education and supporting First Nations success."

Education and training are critical in order to build capacity and fully maximize the benefits of mineral exploration and development for First Nation communities. An investment in First Nations through education, skills training and employment will help to increase First Nation participation in the economy.

"Human resources challenges are one of the greatest threats to the future competitiveness of the Canadian mining industry," adds Gallinger. "Our sector will need to fill close to 140,000 mining-related jobs over the next decade, and First Nations can help fill this gap when empowered with the education and skills to meet the need."

The Canadian mineral industry is the largest private employer of Aboriginal people, and makes a significant contribution to the prosperity of First Nations communities across Canada. Efforts to address First Nations education issues will help pave the way for meaningful participation by First Nations people in the economic opportunities generated by resource development.

About the PDAC

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a national association representing the mineral exploration and development industry. The PDAC has more than 10,000 individual and corporate members, and encourages the highest standards of technical, environmental, safety and social practices in Canada and around the world. The PDAC also hosts the mineral industry's largest annual convention in downtown Toronto. The PDAC 2014 Convention will take place from March 2 to March 5.

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