A training program tailor-made for the potash industry and the Indigenous population has celebrated its first graduating class.

The course, called Digital Transformation in Potash Mining: Cowessess Edition, was designed after potash companies said they were having trouble recruiting Indigenous employees.

The students are considered employment-ready after eight weeks of classroom instruction in Cowessess followed by a two-week practicum at Mosaic’s K3 mine near Esterhazy.

In addition to basic mining and safety training, the students learned digital automation skills using high-end gaming computers.

Twelve students were chosen for the program from among 60 applicants across the Prairies from the Treaty 4, 5 and 6 territories.

The course is a partnership of the Cowessess First Nation, the Zagime Anishinabek First Nation, the Ochapowace Nation, the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Mosaic, Morris Interactive and the International Minerals Innovation Institute.

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