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The Source

The story of Diavik SourcedTM diamonds begins billions of years ago under the subarctic terrain of the Northwest Territories, a vast expanse of snow-covered lakes and islands that remain frozen for up to ten months of the year.

Formed by the fires of creation 160 kilometres beneath this captivating landscape, these terrestrial treasures were discovered in 1991 on a vast northern lakebed that is now the site of the Diavik Diamond Mine. It is here, in one of the most remote and inhospitable locations on Earth, where some of the most beautiful and brilliant diamonds have been responsibly unearthed.

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The Diavik Mine is surrounded by a pristine landscape of vast tundra, frozen lakes and uninhabited islands that it shares with bears, wolverine and migrating caribou.

By innovation and partnership with local communities, the Diavik Mine limits impact on land, water and wildlife. Mine planning must consider not only the needs of the abundant wildlife, but also the needs of the local communities who have lived throughout these lands for eras.

Diavik brought new opportunities in training, employment and business infrastructure, as well as economic growth. Today, over 40% of Diavik’s workers are from the north of Canada, nearly half of whom are Indigenous. Diavik also works closely with Indigenous companies to assist them in building capacity so they are better positioned to pursue potential future business opportunities.

Ongoing today is an internationally recognised commitment to the protection of the land and the animals and humans who inhabit it. As part of this commitment, Diavik Diamond Mine utilises renewable sources to supplement its energy needs. From 2012, it has operated a hybrid wind-diesel power facility, which has offset diesel use by over 43M litres and reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions by over 118,000 tonnes. Diavik is now constructing an additional solar power plant to generate approximately 4,200 MWH of electricity annually for the operations.

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