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Article: Canada's diamond mines


Canada's diamond mines

Canada's large-scale diamond mining began in 1998 after decades of continuous exploration by Canadian geologists. Canada currently has four diamond mines: Ekati, Diavik and Gahcho Kué in the Northwest Territories and Renard in Quebec. By total production, Canada is currently the third largest diamond producer in the world.

The mines are located in some of the most extreme environments in the world with vast pristine expanses that form the natural habitat of bears, wolverines and caribou. These and other factors are carefully studied to ensure the mines are operated to the most environmentally friendly standards, with the highest level of social awareness and First Nations involvement.