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School of Exploration & Mining First Nations Connections

NWCC's School of Exploration & Mining was created in direct response to industry needs for a local skilled labour force. Based in Smithers, the School works with the guidance of NWCC's First Nations Council in partnership with Smithers Exploration Group (SEG) and the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, to deliver timely applied-knowledge courses and programs.

No other region in BC has the diversity of mineral exploration and development as the Northwest. Due to its cultural, geological and geographical location, the NWCC School of Exploration & Mining has a large base of resident expertise ready to develop, deliver and participate in relevant training programs.

The School is committed to working with First Nations to create sustainable economic development in the north, and providing training opportunities that will increase employment opportunities for local First Nations populations.


  • 72% of the school's nearly 1300 graduates are First Nations
  • 84% of SEM graduates have found employment