Grade 10 stu­dents of Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre were asked some­thing that sur­prised them about the pre­sen­ta­tion by four lo­cal min­ers at the New Water­ford Li­brary, Tues­day:

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Nathan Ho­gan

“How many fam­i­lies got into coal min­ing, how their kids fol­lowed them into it and it con­tin­ued like that more and more. To­day’s gen­er­a­tion has changed that, now ev­ery­one’s mov­ing out west to Al­berta. Back then you had to go to the mine, it was the only place to work, there was no ifs ands or buts about it.”

Kris­ten MacLeod

“How many things they do, the chain of com­mand. One miner talked about so many dif­fer­ent jobs he did dur­ing his 30 years in the coal mines.”

Brady Steiger

“One miner said he had worked at four dif­fer­ent mines and was do­ing dif­fer­ent jobs. It was pretty cool lis­ten­ing to him talk­ing about what he did back then.”

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