Innovation, Community Engagement and Education

Twenty Years at the Ekati Diamond Mine: Corporate Social Responsibility in Action

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 15:20 to 15:39 Theatre 3


C. Lee (Presenting)
Dominion Diamond Ekati ULC

L. Worsley-Brown
Dominion Diamond Ekati ULC

The Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories is owned and operated by Dominion Diamond Mines, the largest Canadian independent diamond producer. The Ekati mine was the first diamond mine in Canada, and started production in October 1998. In 2018 the operation is celebrating its twenty year anniversary. In the presentation, we will look back on some of the milestones and achievements of the last two decades. We will also discuss the commitment of the company to make a positive difference in the North through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, including support for education, training, community development, business opportunities and respect for the environment. Some examples include:

Community: Whether mining in northern Canada or sorting diamonds in India, we firmly believe that we can – and should – contribute to the social and economic well-being of the communities near our operations. Dominion’s Indigenous partners and business operations are important stakeholders and we respect and value their rights, Traditional Knowledge (TK), and cultural heritage.

Hiring, Training and Development: Dominion Diamond Mines is committed to ensuring that the Ekati mine is a welcoming workplace for all employees and that we remain an employer of choice, particularly among northerners and northern Indigenous communities. The company has a number of initiatives and policies to encourage northerners, representatives from Indigenous groups, and women to enter the mining industry.

Environment: Throughout the mining process, Dominion Diamond keeps the land and water of the Ekati mine clean and safe for people, plants, and animals. We understand the importance of the Arctic tundra environment and we are committed to mining in the safest, most environmentally responsible way.