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2017 - 2000

2015

Mining milestone at Victor Mine: Seven years and 67 million tonnes later, the De Beers Victor Mine has connected the two key kimberlite pipes into a single mining operation, on schedule and on budget.

Gahcho Kué

2014

Gahcho Kué Project receives water licence and land use permit, clearing the way for full scale construction to commence.

2013

De Beers signs socio-economic agreement with Government of the Northwest Territories for the Gahcho Kué Project, and the first of six Impact Benefit Agreements with NWT Aboriginal communities.

2012

De Beers and community partner NorthWords NWT publish first ever anthology of NWT writing.

2011

Ceremonial Mace from the Ontario Legislature visits Victor Mine, the place where two diamonds included in the Mace were mined.

2010

Victor Mine receives the Ontario Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Award (Large Business) and Snap Lake Mine receives the John T. Ryan Safety Award (Western Region) for select mines.

2009

Mining Magazine names Victor Mine “2009 Mine of the Year”.

2008

De Beers Canada celebrates the opening of its first two mines in Canada (Snap Lake Mine July 25th and Victor Mine July 26th).

2007

Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board issues Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Statement required for the Gahcho Kué Project.

2006

Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) signed with the North Slave Métis Alliance and Tlicho Nation for the Snap Lake Mine. Eventually four IBAs completed for Snap Lake.

2005

Construction begins at De Beers’ first two mines outside of Africa – Snap Lake Mine in the Canada’s Northwest Territories and Victor Mine in the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario.

2004

Permits required to build and operate Snap Lake Mine received on May 31 2004.

2003

Snap Lake Mine undergoes environmental assessment.

2002

Bulk sampling and environmental baseline work conducted at Kennady Lake.

2001

Monopros Ltd. is renamed De Beers Canada Exploration.

2000

De Beers acquires Winspear Diamonds Inc, and with it, the Snap Lake diamond deposit.

1999 - 1980

1997

De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds form the Gahcho Kué Project joint venture. Winspear Diamonds Inc. discovers the Snap Lake diamond deposit.

Gahcho Kué sign

1995

Mountain Province Mining discovers the 5034 kimberlite pipe at Kennady Lake, the site of what will become the future Gahcho Kué Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

1990

De Beers Exploration enters into the Fort à la Corne joint venture project in Saskatchewan.

1987

While working with De Beers Exploration, university student Brad Wood discovers kimberlite boulders on the Attawapiskat River. Brad was fishing along the river while waiting for the team to return to camp after their weekend break, near where Victor Mine will eventually be built.

1981

Diapros Canada Ltd. is renamed Monopros Ltd.

1979 - 1960

1969

De Beers fully acquires the Canadian Rock Company and renames it Diapros Canada Ltd.

1964

De Beers continues to invest in Canadian diamond exploration through the majority owned Canadian Rock Company.

1961

De Beers carries out first exploration program in Canada through an Anglo American Corporation subsidiary known as Hard Metals Canada Ltd.

1960

First kimberlite discoveries in Canada. To date, more than 200 kimberlites have been identified by the company in Canada.