On March 19, 2020, Dominion Diamond Mines announced that it would put Ekati Diamond Mine into temporary care and maintenance, we respect their decision.
DeBeers and Diavik have both chosen to make modifications to their respective sites and remain in operation.
Each has put procedures and protocols in place directly related to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of their workers and communities of the NWT.
We have consulted extensively with both DeBeers and Diavik and understand that they are actively monitoring this rapidly changing situation and understand the effect on their respective operations.
We are confident that they are making decisions that will keep their employees and our communities safe in this time of crisis.
The diamond industry in the NWT has had an extensive safety record that is second to none.
These mines have kept their employees, many of which are our people, incredibly safe for many years.
We have faith that the diamond industry will continue to do what is in the best interests of safety, employees, and communities.
We will continue to have constructive dialogue with each mine as it relates to COVID-19 and work with them to overcome these challenging times.