Mining 101

Presenting organization

Natural Resources Canada


Mineral exploration and mining development present long-term partnerships and benefits to many First Nations in BC and elsewhere in Canada in the way of economic development opportunities that are available at all stages of the mining sequence. But what are the very first steps in finding a commercially viable ore body?  The Geological Survey of Canada was established to help develop Canada’s mineral industry by establishing the general geological base on which the industry could plan detailed exploration investigations.

What Participants will learn by attending

Geoscience, surveying, data collecting. Economic benefits in exploration, mine development and operation, mine closure, site rehabilitation.


Catherine Peltier Mavin, Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, NRCan

Mike Ellerbeck, Geological Survey of Canada, NRCan

Presenter Biographies

Catherine Peltier Mavin is the Indigenous Policy Advisor at the Lands and Minerals Sector of Natural Resources Canada, based in Ottawa. She uses her expertise to develop initiatives and tools to assist Indigenous peoples better understand all aspects of mining activities and the economic benefits mining can bring to a community and promotes their participation in the minerals and metals sector.  She has been extensively involved in the development of many initiatives including the mining video “Our Community…Our future: Mining and Aboriginal Communities", the Exploration and Mining Guide for Aboriginal Communities, the Interactive Map of Indigenous Mining Agreements, the Mining Industry Human Resources Guide for Aboriginal Communities and other information products. For the last two years, Catherine has been involved in the development of the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan and concentrating now on Indigenous-specific actions under the Plan. Catherine is Deer Clan of the Odawa and Pottawatomi Nations, and a member of the Wikwemikong Unceeded Indian Band on Manitoulin Island, in central Ontario.


Mike Ellerbeck is the Northern Engagement Coordinator with the Geological Survey of Canada, based in Vancouver, and is celebrating over 26 years of service. In his many years, Mike has consulted and engaged with Indigenous communities throughout Latin America and more recently in the far North, through the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals program.