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DEF Debuts Scholarships for Canadian Industry

Apr 14, 2019 7:22 AM   By Rapaport News
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 The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has launched its first educational grants for young people in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT).

“Creating education and employment opportunities for youth who live in areas where natural diamonds are found is at the heart of the DEF’s mission,” Anna Martin, DEF president and senior vice president of the GIA, said last week.

The scholarships are the result of a collaboration between the DEF, the Mine Training Society and the government of the NWT. The Mine Training Society — a cooperation established by the region’s indigenous governments, the public government and the mining industry — helps indigenous NWT residents find long-term employment in the mining industry.

“The government of the NWT is committed to ensuring benefits from major diamond development projects flow to NWT residents — their businesses and their governments,” said Wally Schumann, minister of industry, tourism and investment for the NWT. “[This program] will help northern youth gain the skills they need to succeed at the mine site and beyond.”

NWT is home to three diamond mines: Dominion Diamond Mines’ Ekati deposit; the Diavik mine, owned in partnership by Dominion and Rio Tinto; and Gahcho Kué, a joint venture between De Beers and Mountain Province.

Image: Left to right: Winter Bailey of the Mine Training Society, Nancy Orem Lyman of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, and Minister Wally Schumann of the government of the Northwest Territories. (Diamond Empowerment Fund)
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