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Rio Tinto

At Rio Tinto, we are global leaders in finding, mining and processing the essential metals and minerals. These are the building blocks of our everyday lives, from the iron ore that helps build homes, roads and railways, the aluminum that makes our vehicles lighter and more efficient, to the copper in our cell phones and computers. Operating across the country and employing over 15,000 Canadians, we are focused on meeting the needs of today while keeping a keen eye on the challenges of tomorrow. In 2020, we were again recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 employers and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Rio Tinto Award for Indigenous Students

The Rio Tinto Award for Indigenous Students provides exciting opportunities designed to support Indigenous students in Canada who are enrolled, or who would like to enrol in post-secondary studies or post-secondary training and development programs.

These include:

  • diplomas
  • applied diplomas
  • degree programs
  • academic upgrading or preparation
  • pre-trades and pre-employment training
  • apprenticeship education programs

These awards will be distributed to students studying in fields relatiang to or leading to careers in mining and metals or metallurgy and Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) related studies that are from the regions/communities in which Rio Tinto businesses conduct operations.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadlines: August 1, and November 1, February 1
Program of Study: Any
Level of Study: Undergraduate or graduate
Indigenous Identity: Any
Other: First preference will also be given to those students from the preferred regions in which Rio Tinto businesses are conducting operations in Canada.

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