Mamawi Atosketan Native School Hosts CWB Welding Foundation “Mind Over Metal” Welding Camp

Ponoka, Alta.- March 4, 2019- The Canadian welding industry provides many great and diverse career opportunities, including welder, welding inspector, in welding research and engineering. As part of an effort to build and sustain a highly skilled Canadian welding workforce, CWB Welding Foundation in partnership with TransCanada is introducing students ages 12-15 to the trade through a Mind Over Metal welding camp for Indigenous youth, to be held in Ponoka, Alta., March 4 through 8, 2019. The CWB Welding Foundation hosted its first welding camp in Edmonton in the summer of 2014, and to date has completed nearly 170 camps across Canada. Nine of these camps have been financially supported by TransCanada and have been held in Alberta and Ontario.

The Ponoka camp will be held at the CWB Welding Foundation Welding Shop within the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Building of Mamawi Atosketan Native School (MANS.) The grand opening was celebrated in September 2018. This project was made possible by donations from First Nations individuals, corporate partners, and not-for-profit organizations, including the CWB Welding Foundation.

“TransCanada is a proud supporter of Indigenous education and training programs in the many communities we work,” said Mel Garner, senior manager Indigenous relations, TransCanada. “We are thrilled to partner with the CWB Welding Foundation to introduce Indigenous students to the art and science of welding through hands-on welding experiences and encourage them to consider careers in the skilled trades.”

“These camps are specifically designed to provide youth with a hands-on introduction to welding and inspire them to pursue a career in welding. Students build confidence and have fun while being supervised by professionals in a safe environment,” said Susan Crowley, executive director, CWB Welding Foundation. “Through experiential learning opportunities like the Mind Over Metal welding camps, their newly sparked interest in welding may lead to further education and employment.”

Welding safety, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), introduction to weld symbols, and a brief overview of the impact welding has on our daily lives will be part of the camp. Once the theoretical portion is completed, students will have fun putting their practical welding skills to the test. while they create their very own projects like cow bells, and a metal rose.

“With the support from the CWB Welding Foundation and TransCanada, we are able to offer this Mind Over Metal camp that will provide a valuable learning experience in welding, encourage skilled trade education, safety training, and confidence,” said Michael Willing, vice principal, senior high, MANS. “The CTS building has been a major project that has created so many opportunities for youth in Ponoka and surrounding areas and will encourage Indigenous youth to further their trades training through education.”

This past year, TransCanada has also partnered with CWB Welding Foundation in upgrades and renovations of technology shops at four secondary schools within Ontario: Brantford Collegiate Secondary School, Brantford, Ont., Cayuga Secondary School, Cayuga, Ont. Moira Secondary School, Belleville, Ont., and Migizi Miigwanan Secondary School, Longlac, Ont.

For more information about camp programming for 2019-20, contact the CWB Welding Foundation at