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At Goldcorp, we are committed to making a positive difference in the communities and countries where we are located. We strive to improve local socio-economic circumstances through economic contributions, community involvement, community consultation, support of health and education, and the sponsorship of special events. We work in partnership with community bodies, government officials and other stakeholders to increase understanding of cultures, customs and values, and to encourage open, constructive dialogue and trust.
AMSTEP is a partnership between Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute (OSHKI) and Goldcorp to provide career skills to Aboriginal youth in signatory communities of the Musselwhite Agreement, a collaboration with four First Nations and two First Nation Councils to foster economic sustainability, job creation, entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship. Goldcorp has similar agreements in place at all Canadian operations. Participants complete the intensive five-month, 800-hour training and work experience program, earning industry-recognized accreditation. It’s the first of its kind to be taught in an active mine site, which made it uniquely immersive for students, from surface to underground operations.
At San Martin mine in Honduras (which is a closed site) we continue to support the local community with a range of social programs. In addition to benefits that include road maintenance, dust suppression systems, water supply and sewage systems, we have supported the building and maintenance of educational facilities and provided teachers for local elementary schools. Our scholarships have helped more than 145 local students attend elementary school, high school and graduate school. Click here to view San Martin's reclamation video.
To support education in the Carrizalillo community, near the Los FIlos mine, we have undertaken a number of projects including:
Working with the First Nations in Northern Ontario, we have developed a training program to help develop new underground miners. In 2005, we opened our Stope School (which trains students in the stope method of underground mining) to train new recruits, 80% of whom are local First Nations. Successful students obtain their Ontario Common Core Certificate, which permits them to work in an underground mine. The program has since trained many people who have gone on to work at Goldcorp mines.