The Mosaic Company recently announced that it will invest $1 million to fund Morris Interactive’s Potash digital skills training program for Indigenous students.
The Cowessess First Nation recognized Mosaic’s generosity on Thursday as Mosaic members were honorary dignitaries at the grand entrance of the Cowessess Pow Wow.
Robert Kay Jr. is a recent graduate of the program and says the program has changed his life.
“It’s been a hell of a year,” said Kay Jr. “I never expected to be here.”
Kay Jr. decided to return home to Cowessess during the pandemic and enroll in the course.
“I heard about this course, got accepted, and then really studied, learning as much as I could about potash and mining and what they had to offer,” Kay said. Jr.
He now works full time in the mining industry.
Mosaic’s ongoing partnership with Indigenous communities enables First Nations people to pursue careers in the potash mining industry.
“There are so many opportunities for everyone to get involved, including Indigenous communities in our industry,” said Tyler Hopson, government and stakeholder relations manager at Mosaic. “It’s a great understanding of what it’s like to work in a potash industry, the careers available and the long-term success people can have.”
Benjamin Williamson is the course instructor and said the workshop and course allow indigenous people to study at home. After the course is completed, some jobs are also remote.
“It’s extremely important that they can really keep talent here (in the province) and build a community by having good jobs and a good lifestyle,” Williamson said.
Chief Cadmus Delorme added that it is important for the community to know that the sky is the limit.
“To come into Mosaic not just to be frontline (workers) if they want to be frontline, somebody to be middle manager or senior manager, this training is going to open those doors and lift those ceilings,” Delorme said. .
Kay Jr. added that the community will benefit from this opportunity.
“Now with the course like this coming in and giving people a fighting chance, that’s very important and helping people grow as a community and giving people a better chance at life,” said Kay Jr.