Blog Entry

DeBeers' Victor Diamond Project in Attawapiskat

Jamie Kneen

National Program Co-Lead

The Victor Diamond Project is located in Northern Ontario, approximately 90 km west of the coastal community of Attawapiskat. This project involves Attawapiskat First Nation, and three other remote communities on the shores of James Bay: Moose Cree, Fort Albany, and Kashechewan First Nations. It also includes three road accessible communities: Taykwa Tagamou, Chapleau Cree and Missanabie Cree First Nations.

The diamond mine will be an open pit mine with an expected life of 12 years.

In 2002 the Attawapiskat First Nation signed a Feasibility Partnering Agreement with DeBeers, replacing an older Memorandum of Understanding.

In July of 2005, an Impact Benefit Agreement was ratified.