Indigenous Programs


Focusing on excellence in Indigenous education and outreach with a commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences and community partnerships.
Mining Rocks Earth Science Programs
Teacher Workshops

School Programs

School Programs

Supporting teachers through professional development workshops and hands-on resources.

Outreach Programs

Public Outreach

Raising awareness through interactive activities at events across Canada.
Where we've been

Rock and Mineral Clubs / Shows



Engaging industry to support our mandate since 1994.

News and Publications

NEW! groundWORK 2021-2022

Our latest educators' newsletter is now available! Click here to learn about critical minerals, new workshops and resources, virtual fieldtrip ideas, an evaporite experiment, and more!
groundWORK 2021-2022

Online Learning

We’ve compiled a series of DIY activities for kids about Earth science, the minerals industry and its importance to society. We like to think of our DIY activities as GEMS, because they explore
Geology, Engineering, Mining and Sustainability.

So grab your hard hat and get ready to dig into a mine load of fun!


2020 Industry Newsletter

Newsletter-cover 2020

The 2020 Annual Industry Newsletter is now available for download. Click here for more information

Music Poster

Music from the Earth is our newest poster in the Mining Makes it Happen poster series. Read it today. Click here for more information.

Cover Image-Music from the Earth

Spanish Activity Book

Cover - Spanish Activity

The Mining Matters Activity book is now available in SPANISH!

Click here for more information.

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Mighty Miner

Activities and Announcements

Please note that due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Mining Matters staff are working remotely and do not have regular access to our office phones. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff and community members.

To get in touch with one of us by email, visit our Staff Page


We received more than $6,000 in donations during #GivingTuesday 2020. We are grateful to all our donors.

Since then, we've been developing new initiatives to reach students and teachers with our programs and resources. This includes delivering online workshops, creating hands-on GEMS Kits for Indigenous youth, partnering with STEM organizations and launching a virtual escape room experience.

This Giving Tuesday, Mining Matters invites you to help support our education and outreach efforts as we aim to raise $5,000 on November 30, 2021.

Here's what your contribution can do:
• $30 ships a teacher resource kit to an educator in Northern Ontario.
• $100 provides a child with a GEMS Kit.
• $250 equips a teacher and their class with educational resources for a hands-on virtual workshop experience.

Once a week, we will be sharing information about our core programs. Follow our #GivingTuesday campaign on social media (Facebook, Instagram) and learn how you can contribute to building mineral literacy through STEM education.

Donate here.


WHERE Challenge

The annual WHERE Challenge is back! Learn more about the contest and enter at the 
WHERE Challenge website for your chance to win cash prizes. 

WHERE Challenge Logo with Teck (Final)

WHERE Challenge Mini: November Contest

Do you know what materials are used to build our homes? Find out in this month's WHERE Challenge Mini!

Mining Matters invites you to discover the non-renewable resources that are used to build our houses by entering to win a geology-themed prize pack today!

For more information, please visit our WHERE Challenge Mini Page.

Nov 2021 Contest Promo 

COVID-19 Updates

Our in-person programs are temporarily suspended. However, we remain committed to furthering our mission. Our staff are working vigorously to develop online activities and workshops that can be enjoyed from home. Our adapted approaches to program delivery will provide access to information about Earth science and the minerals industry in safe, fun and interactive ways. 

GEMS DIY Activities

We've posted GEMS (Geology, Engineering, Mining, Sustainability) DIY activities on our website. You can perform rock story drama, build an underground mine model, design a conveyor belt, create a soil profile or play crushed stone, sand and gravel bingo. There are over 25 activities to explore.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date.

Virtual Student Workshops

Our virtual workshops provide students with synchronous learning opportunities that are engaging and interactive! Students learn about the tools, equipment and personal protective equipment used by geoscientists in the field, determine the differences between rocks and minerals, explore the rock cycle, see our collection of mineral samples, discover the wealth of minerals and metals found in their province and participate in a scavenger hunt to make the connection between mineral resources and the things they use every day.

[email protected] Learning Kits 

Box-preview_B [email protected] learning kits are available for remote communities. Kits include materials, supplies and prerecorded instructions to continue engagement with our partners who may lack theconnectivity required to participate online. We ship these to community leaders who will distribute the kits to youth in their community.  

We are selling GEMS Kits for a limited time. Order your kit here.

Resource Kits for Camps and Youth Groups

We develop customized GEMS Resource Kits for communities where Mining Matters staff would typically travel and deliver a hands-on Mining Rocks Earth Science Program. At least 15 activities including materials, supplies and prerecorded instructions are included in each kit, which can be tailored to the number of youth that will participate. We will ship your kit to your community and provide training for delivering the contents of the kit.