Item 56-305-01 to 56-305-28 - Lac la Ronge - Saskatchewan Prospector's School , established to train Aboriginal persons

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Lac la Ronge - Saskatchewan Prospector's School , established to train Aboriginal persons

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56-305-01 to 56-305-28

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  • 1956-05 (Creation)
    Photographic Services
  • 1956-05 (Creation)
    Savage, Gerry

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28 photographs : negatives, b&w; 10 x 12.5 cm

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For many years, the Saskatchewan Government operated a Saskatchewan Prospector's School in Lac la Ronge, especially for Aboriginal persons, to train them for careers in prospecting. Here an instructor is lecturing to a class of students, 7 of which are shown. On the blackboard one can see notations such as: Magnetic surveying, Rock types, Use of Geigerian field, Radioactivity, Mining areas in Saskatchewan. On a table behind the students, in the foreground of the photo, one can see a number of rock and mineral samples.

In this photo of a class at the Lac la Ronge Prospectors School, 14 unidentified aboriginal students can been seen listening to their instructor (not shown). On several tables, one notices rock and mineral samples. The Saskatchewan Government has been involved now, for many decades, in training Aboriginal persons for useful careers, in initiatives such as this one.

Lac la Ronge Prospectors School, class scene.

Lac la Ronge Prospectors School - classroom scene.

Prospectors School - class photo outside the front of the building.

Prospectors School - the students and their instructor are out "in the field", getting hand-on experience using Geiger counters. Parked in the background, one can see 2 small airplanes.

Prospectors School - training out in the field.

Prospectors School - a group of students, with instructor, receiving training out in the field.

Prospectors School - out in the field, students are learning to operate Geiger counters, while the instructor explains it to them.

Prospectors School - a group of students and instructor are photographed assembled on a wooden structure; 11 persons are in this photo.

Prospectors School - unidentified person (student or instructor), out in the field with Geiger counter, earphones and camera.

Prospectors School - 2 men out in the field, walking through a wooded area.

Prospectors School - a group of students assembled outdoors, watching their instructor do a demonstration.

Prospectors School - 3 men having a discussion at a rocky area, next to a forest.

Prospectors School - a man is using an instrument.

Prospectors School - a man wearing a hat (possibly the instructor?), is doing a demonstration in a forested area.

Prospectors School - A group of students, with instructors, are outdoors receiving in-the-field training. This initiative of the Saskatchewan Government represents an early program to provide Aboriginals in Northern Saskatchewan, with practical training for a career that they could use in the local areas.

Aboriginal students, with their instructors, assembled "out in the field" receiving practical training through a Saskatchewan Government program designed to provide them with a career, through the Prospectors School.

Instructor at the Prospectors School is teaching his Aboriginal students about "Sericite", part of a Saskatchewan Government program to train them in a career.

Saskatchewan Prospector's School - 2 men are out in the field, having a discussion.

Sask. Prospector's School - 2 men using equipment (Geiger counter) to look for minerals.

Sask. Prospector's School - 4 men "out in the field", searching for minerals.

Students and instructor at Sask. Prospector's School, assembled around a canoe.

Instructor at Sask. Prospector's School, explains to his students about the proper operation and safety, in relation to canoes.

Sask. Prospector's School - using a canoe.

Sask. Prospector's School - students watch as the use of a canoe, equipped with a small outboard motor, is demonstrated, at this facility operated by the Saskatchewan Department of Mineral Resources as a career training initiative for Aboriginals.

Sask. Prospector's School - use of a canoe.

Instructor at Sask. Prospector's School, with a canoe. The Saskatchewan Government has been involved in training Aboriginal persons for useful careers for many decades now, using initiatives such as this one.

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56-305-01 to 56-305-28

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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