Throughout the mining process, Dominion Diamond keeps the land and water of the mining area 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.
The Ekati mine operates under several environmental permits and agreements guided by different regulatory bodies:
- Type A Water Licence issued by the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board
- Environmental Agreement between the Government of the Northwest Territories and the company
- Five Fisheries Authorizations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- 282 mining leases; 10 surface leases; and eight Type A Land Use Permits
To fulfill the terms of these environmental responsibilities, many environmental monitoring programs are conducted every year. Monitoring programs in 2015 included: air quality monitoring, aquatic effects monitoring, reclamation monitoring, Pigeon Stream diversion monitoring, wildlife effects monitoring, as well as a surveillance network program and a waste rock and waste rock storage area seepage survey.
The company employs a full-time Advisor for Traditional Knowledge to liaise with Aboriginal communities, seeking meaningful engagement with elders and youth around mine site operations and programs like the Wildlife Effects Monitoring Program and the Community Engagement Program. Both programs were designed to provide hands-on experience with the mine’s environmental monitoring programs. Elders, youth, and land users also actively participate in wildlife observations, behavioural scans, and site surveys, and provide valuable input on environmental programs.
As part of its commitment to the environment, the Diavik mine is a signatory to an environmental agreement with local Aboriginal groups and the federal and territorial governments.