Representatives from the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), Dominion and Diavik Diamond Mine wrapped up a series of community meetings in the Tłįchǫ last week.
It was an opportunity for Tłįchǫ residents in Behchokǫ̀, Whati, Wekweètì and Gamètì to receive updates from government and industry regarding commitments made under the Socio-Economic Agreements (SEAs) and to follow up on measurement data compiled and presented in the GNWT’s annual Communities and Diamonds report.
The meeting also provided a forum for questions from community members. GNWT representatives from the Departments of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), Education, Culture and Employment (ECE), Health and Social Services (HSS), and Justice were on hand to address and respond to queries and concerns.
Through ITI, the GNWT maintains signed SEAs with each of the four diamond mines operating in the NWT. SEA-related community meetings are offered to all impacted communities.
These annual meetings serve to reflect the GNWT’s commitments to transparency, and community engagement and the responsible management of resource development in the Northwest Territories.
Each of the meetings concluded with a community feast.