• Press Release: YK Chamber Commends Chamber of Mines on Mining Success Report

  • Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Commends NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines on Measuring Success Report

    November 15, 2017 (Yellowknife) – The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce commends the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines for compiling the significant contributions of the mining industry into their report, ‘Measuring success 1996-2016: Diamond mines deliver big benefits to the Northwest Territories’.

    “We know that the contributions of the mining industry are significant. In fact, Dominion Diamond Corporation was awarded our 2015 Corporation of the Year Award and De Beers (Gahcho Kué Mine) was awarded our 2016 Workplace Health and Safety Award”, said Renée Comeau, President of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. “It’s wonderful that the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines compiled this information, so our community can understand just how important the mining industry is for Yellowknife, and the Northwest Territories”. 

    The report focused on safety, employment, training and education, business spending and community contributions.

    A few highlights from 2016 include:

    • Ekati achieved 1.2 million consecutive hours worked without a recordable injury and Gahcho Kué surpassed 1 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.
    • Ekati, Diavik, Gahcho Kué and Snap Lake generated 1,667 person-years of northern employment, of which 48% was northern Indigenous.
    • The diamond mining companies supported 92 apprentices. 72 of these apprentices were northern, including 50 who were Indigenous
    • The diamond mining companies contributed over $390,000 to scholarships
    • 14% of the mining workforce is female, with the mines focusing on increasing the number of women they employ
    • The mines spent $1.4 billion, of which $817.9 million (59%) was with northern businesses
    • The diamond mining companies provided approximately $11 million in social investment to communities across the NWT

    Download our Press Release as a .pdf here.

    For more information, please contact:

    Deneen Everett, Executive Director
    Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce

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