Rocks ‘n Rambling Friday October 7
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SEG October 2016 Enews Update

Thanks to all the golfers and sponsors who supported SEG’s annual golf tournament in September. Now it’s time to get Rocks ‘n Rambling started for the new season with a session this coming Friday October 7 at Rugged Edge. And a couple of items for your day-timer – SEG’s Christmas party will be Friday December 2 and Rock Talk 2017 will be February 15, 16 and 17.  And here’s something to brighten up November. The winner of the Best Canadian Film of 2016 at the HOT DOCS Intl’ Film Festival, KONELĪNE: our land beautiful is coming to Smithers on November 12 and 13. It’s a powerful and stunning examination of land use in northwest BC, including the minerals industry and the new transmission line that is helping service it – as seen in this shot. And lastly, participate in a new exploration expenditures survey in  mid-October.

Rocks ‘n Rambling Friday October 7

Rocks 'n Rambling is back after a break for the summer. The next event will be this coming Friday October 7.  Our thanks to Rugged Edge for offering its location on 19th Avenue in Smithers, so please join us  for the usual relaxed end to the work week and conversations about rocks.

  • Date: October 7
  • 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 golf thanks

A smaller than usual but enthusiastic group of 42 golfers hit the links for Smithers Exploration Group's annual golf tournament on September 16. The Joyce Warren memorial trophy for years of volunteer work for SEG went to Paul Wojdak, and the Jerry Auger trophy for the person who had the most fun golfing went to Grange Kingsmill.  The day started with a pancake breakfast hosted by Hy-Tech Drilling. Thanks to Rugged Edge and Summit Camps for all their help at the barbeque and to Elaine Konschuh and Judi L'Orsa for getting the hotdogs cooked.

Thanks for all the prizes and donations from the following sponsors:

  • Alpine Wiring
  • Bandstra Transportation
  • Bulkley Electric
  • BV Electric
  • BV Wholesale
  • BV Credit Union
  • Canadian Helicopter
  • Central Mountain Air
  • Coast Mountain GM
  • Di-Corp Mineral Exploration
  • Driftwood Diamond Drilling
  • ERM
  • Fordia Group
  • Frontier Truck Rentals
  • Hayden Diamond Bit
  • Hy-Tech Drilling
  • MBI Pacific Drilling Products
  • McElhanney Consulting Services
  • Polar Ridge Resources
  • Pretivm Resources
  • Rugged Edge
  • Seabridge Gold
  • Silver King Helicopter
  • SPS Mining Supplies
  • Terralogic Exploration
  • Toyota

SEG Christmas Party Friday December 2

It's never too early to plan for Christmas, so get your daytimer out and pencil in Friday December 2 for SEG's annual Christmas party at the Smithers Golf and Country Club. Ring in the season with SEG. Details will be available in the November newsletter.

Rock Talk 2017 February 15-17

Rock Talk is our annual conference in Smithers at the Smithers Curling Club that focuses on northern BC mineral projects. We combine education sessions, technical presentations and a day of skiing to cap it off.  We also squeeze in SEG's annual general meeting.

Rock Talk 2017 on February 15-17 will follow the format used in 2016, with Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning focussed on reviewing core and maps and sharing information related northwest BC’s important geological terrane. Thursday afternoon will highlight select project updates. The core shack on Friday morning will be at Hudson Bay Mountain followed by important chairlift meetings.

Put Rock Talk in your calendar.

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful November 12 and 13

There’s a powerful documentary coming to Smithers in November that we want to let you know about. It’s called ‘KONELĪNE: our land beautiful’ and it’s already won for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2016.

“Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE (pronounced Ko-na- lee´-na) captures an epic canvas of beauty and complexity as one of Canada's vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change. 

“Directed by award-winning filmmaker Nettie Wild, KONELĪNE delights in exploding stereotypes with scenes of breathtaking spectacle. Heidi Gutfrucht,  both a big-game hunter and fierce environmentalist, swims her 17 horses across the unforgiving Stikine River. A Tahltan First Nation diamond driller bores deep into the same territory his elders are fighting to protect. The world’s biggest chopper flies 16,000 pound transmission towers over mountain tops. White hunters carry  bows and arrows while Tahtan elders shoot moose with a high-powered rifle. And a geologist ponders geological time while the Smithers based Hy-Tech diamond drilling crew digs deep into the extraordinary landscape of the Bruce Jack mine.”

Given the role mineral exploration and mining play in the film, SEG wants to let our members know about it. Check it out in November

  • Saturday, Nov 12, 5:00 pm, Roi Theatre
  • Sunday, Nov 13:  5:00 pm, Roi Theatre


Coal and Mineral Exploration Survey Mid-October

The BC Coal and Mineral Exploration Survey is a joint initiative between the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) and Ernst & Young (EY) and will be launched in mid-October 2016.

This survey will provide, for the first time, detailed factual data on a wide range of economic, socio-political, and organizational issues that impact companies and prospectors exploring in BC.  It will be an important tool in policy planning and the results will provide previously unavailable insight into the coal and mineral exploration industry in BC.

This pilot survey will involve the collection of annual coal and mineral exploration and development data from prospectors and exploration and/or mining companies operating in BC. The information collected will be analyzed and used to create an independent annual report that provides a complete view of the current state of coal and mineral exploration in BC.

The report and key findings will be released in 2017 at AME’s Mineral Exploration Roundup conference in Vancouver in January. To thank you for your participation in this survey, all respondents will receive a benchmark report that outlines your individual responses to a chosen sub-set of questions against the aggregate of responses received from other survey respondents. This will be confidential in nature and the report will only be released to you.  You will receive your specific benchmark report in February/March 2017.

Should you have any queries, or wish to confirm that your project is included in the survey, please contact Jonathan Buchanan at 604.630.3923 or 

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