Diavik is building strong, consultative, and respectful relationships with local communities and enhancing community social well-being.
This approach was formalized in 1999 through a socio-economic monitoring agreement between Diavik, the Government of the Northwest Territories and local Aboriginal communities.
The agreement formalizes commitments to local training, employment, and business benefits for Northwest Territories and West Kitikmeot region of Nunavut communities.
Diavik also individualized commitments through participation agreements with the five Aboriginal groups including:
- Tlicho Government
- Yellowknives Dene First Nation
- North Slave Metis Alliance
- Kitikmeot Inuit Association
- Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation
At year-end 2015, the Diavik Diamond Mine employed 1,134 people, of whom 546 are northerners.
Total Aboriginal employment is 280 people, or 25 per cent of the workforce.
Diavik supports 29 apprentices; 21 are northern of whom 8 are Aboriginal. In 2015, eight apprentices completed there apprenticeships becoming certified journeypersons. Since 2003, 53 apprentices have successfully completed their apprenticeships at Diavik and achieved journeyperson certifications from the Government of the Northwest Territories.
In 2015, Diavik continued its participation in the Mining Industry Human Resources Councils’ (MiHR) national certification programs for underground miners and mineral processors. MiHR certification is a national standardized certification program and one which Diavik has supported since inception in 2011. Diavik underground miners were the first in Canada to be certified under this program.
Diavik is also a key supporter of the North’s Mine Training Society, the local Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre, and Aurora College’s northern leadership program (a program created by Diavik and transitioned to the college).
Diavik maintains a workplace learning centre at the minesite. The centre is intended to help employees build their skills in tasks directly related to their daily work role as well as assisting employees upgrade education through GED preparation and GED exam invigilation.