AME’s The Gathering Place
Gathering Place Youth Panel
Jim Morin followed a geology path through University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan (Ph.D.). Early experience consisted of geological mapping, prospecting and exploration in the Canadian Shield, followed by 12 years with Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in Whitehorse, Yukon and 10 years with Inco on mineral exploration projects in western North America. He switched into teaching at the post-secondary level in 1999 in Vancouver with the Institute of Indigenous Government and Langara College. These experiences reinforced his knowledge of his Ojibway Metis ancestry.
Since 2005, he was with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in the Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Program. He managed the community-based Aboriginal Minerals Training Program which had the goal of increasing mineral sector awareness amongst Indigenous people. To date, more than 600 people in 20 communities throughout BC and Yukon have participated in courses ranging from 2-days to 15-weeks long. Support sources have included AME, MABC and the BC Government.