De Beers on 25th July 2008 officially opened its first two mines outside of Africa—
“Never before have we opened two mines at the same time and never before have had we opened a mine outside of
Jim Gowans who is overseeing the development and launch of both mines added, “It has taken us several years and over $1 billion to build each mine. We have also built strong relationships with local communities, and upheld the highest environmental standards. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished.”
The Snap Lake Mine located in
The Victor Mine, located near Attawapiskat First Nation in northern
De Beers notes that more than C$650 million has been spent with Aboriginal businesses.
In addition, agreements have been reached with the Governments of the