Coming in May – Minerals North 2016 in Smithers and Telkwa
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Smithers Exploration Group | SEG - Mining & Education Northwest BC

SEG May 2016 Enews Update

It all happens at Minerals North 2016 on May 18-20, co-hosted by Smithers and Telkwa. Today’s newsletter from Smithers Exploration Group gives you a preview of some of the events including details on AME’s Gathering Place; Minerals Rock - SEG's interactive display for the community; a call for volunteers; a request for photos of industry innovations in the Bulkley Valley and a reminder about the NWCC golf tournament. And in June when you’ve had a chance to rest up from Minerals North, join us for Rocks ‘n Rambling on Friday June 3.  Of course you have the SEG tournament on your calendar for Friday September 16.

Minerals North 2016 overview May 18-20 Smithers and Telkwa


Minerals North 2016, co-hosted by Smithers and Telkwa May 18-20, is a little more than two weeks away and the organizing committee wants to let everyone in on some of the details with more information available at

  • Pre-conference events allow you to choose between a field trip to Telkwa and Goathorn Creek, two different events with Raven Rescue, a golf Tournament with Northwest Community College or fire side chats at AMEBC’s Gathering Place. 
  • The opening reception will be in Bovill Square on Smithers Main Street. 
  • The program itself will feature the regular regional geology updates and presentations about new exploration and new mines.  It will also offer lively and topical discussions around innovations in exploration and mining, community sustainability in the north, workforce development and working in a post-Tsilqot’in industry. 
  • On Thursday at lunch, our keynote speaker is none other than marketing expert and broadcast producer Terry O'Reilly!
  • Thursday evening we’ll be entertained by renowned Cuban-Canadian recording artist Alex Cuba perform. Alex lives in Smithers and tours extensively across North America and around the world.

Make plans to stay for the whole conference for both the educational programing AND the great prizes.  With a grand prize sponsored by Central Mountain Air, all delegates are eligible to win a four pack of flights across the CMA/Hawkair/NT Air Network.  Second prize is a set of golf clubs sponsored by Wainbee and third prize is a gift basket from Barkerville.   Draws will be done at the closing lunch on Friday, but you must be there to win! 

If you need a place to stay during the conference, visit Tourism Smithers for options:

Have you registered for Minerals North 2016?   Now’s the time!

AME Gathering Place May 18

Aboriginal Engagement Workshop, Hosted by AME and Minerals North 2016

  • Date  Wednesday May 18th 2016
  • Time12:00 - 4:45 (networking lunch 12:00 - 12:45)
  • Venue Hudson Bay Lodge, Smithers

Purpose for event

The Gathering Place will offer participants a safe place to learn and to engage in dialogue surrounding new approaches to respectful, aboriginal engagement practices that lead to positive outcomes for all.  In essence, AME is bringing the Gathering Place to the North and presenting a mini version of what has become a truly successful event at Roundup.

Target Audience

All delegates with an interest in exploring dimensions of aboriginal engagement, hearing aboriginal perspectives, and participating in productive discussion in an open and intimate workshop setting.

Click here for full details.

Minerals North 2016 needs volunteers

Calling all Willing Hands!

Are you able to assist during the fast-approaching Minerals North conference?  We need as much or as little of your time as you can offer between May 15 and 20.  To showcase Smithers’ hospitality, we need help with things such as set up and take down; decorating, serving and cleaning before, during and after the banquet; and ushers, registration desk support, runners, and others for onsite volunteer positions. 

If you can give us some time, please contact Katie vonGaza by email at or by telephone at 250. 847.7457. 

Come be part of a fantastic event, support your community and experience some of what Minerals North has to offer.  

Minerals North 2016 celebrates innovation

Call for Photos of Exploration and Mining in the Bulkley Valley!

The Minerals North Conference Committee is seeking photos that picture exploration and mining activity in the Bulkley Valley over the past 100 years. Our theme is Excellence through Innovation, and we would like to showcase photos to show how the industry (in our own backyard) has innovated over the years. Dig out those old photos and help us show the history and continued innovation of this great industry!

If you have a photo you are willing to share please take the following steps:

Email to Danielle at
Include a short description of where and when the photo was taken and who is in the photo
Note who took the photo if this is known

Danielle Smyth

Co-Chair, Minerals North Conference 2016

Smithers and Telkwa

Cell: (778) 210-2331

NWCC golf tournament May 18 Smithers

Northwest Community College’s 2nd Annual Smithers Golf Tournament and Auction Fundraiser will be held at the Smithers Golf and Country Club on Wednesday May 18, 2016 (1:00 p.m. shotgun start), in association with Minerals North.

This year’s event promises to be a great success and the money raised from the fundraising event supports opportunities for student success by raising money for Endowments to provide ongoing scholarships and bursaries. Check out the Registration form, Sponsorship Benefits form, and Sponsor Sheet.

To register, you can email or contact Kelli Louie at 250 635-6511 Ext. 5383 or Regina Saimoto at 250 847-4461 extension 5803.

Minerals Rock during Minerals North

SEG is excited to bring its Outreach program to Minerals North 2016 in Smithers/Telkwa through Minerals Rock on May 19 and 20. Through our Outreach program we talk with groups and classes about the importance of exploration and mining to community sustainability.

In May we're expanding that invitaton to everyone through our venue at Minerals North 2016. We're taking over the Smithers Curling Rink with Minerals Rock - it's a fun interactive display on Thursday May 19 from 12 to 5 pm and Friday May 20  from 9 to 12. Check out the poster for more details.

SEG's Outreach work is funded in part through a grant from the Association for Mineral Exploration BC with the focus of increasing awareness of the contribution of the mineral exploration sector to the economic health of BC and Canada.

Information update from Mineral Titles Branch

Re: Information Update No. 39 – Researching Crown Granted 2 Post Mineral Claims

The Mineral Titles Branch has posted a new information update to help free miners in conducting research specifically regarding Crown granted 2 post mineral claims. The direct web link:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Chris Kositsin
Manager, Mineral Titles Registry
Mineral Titles Branch
300-865 Hornby Street
Vancouver BC V6Z 2G3

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Rocks ‘n Rambling Friday June 3

There will NOT be an RnR this coming Friday because we’re focusing our May efforts on Minerals North. But pencil us in for Friday June 3.  Our thanks to Rugged Edge for offering its location on 19th Avenue in Smithers, so join us in June for the usual relaxed end to the work week and conversations about rocks.

Date: Friday June 3
Time:  4:30 to 6:30 pm
Place:  3405 19th Avenue

As usual RnR is a chance to get together to look over some rocks and exchange war stories.

Annual SEG golf tournament September 16

Final details are being put in place for SEG’s annual golf tournament and banquet in Smithers on Friday September 16 at the Smithers Golf and Country Club. Registration will be on Thursday evening September 15. Details on the golf tournament and field trip will be included in the July newsletter and on the website as soon as everything is in place. 

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