Agency Environmental Workshops

In the early years of the Ekati mine operation, BHP Billiton (now Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation, ULC, or DDEC) hosted annual workshops to review their environmental monitoring programs.  These workshops were well-attended by Aboriginal communities, regulatory agencies, the Agency, and the company.  They were a valuable way to review monitoring results, provide feedback, and recommend changes for the following year.  It was also a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to interact and share information, as well as to question the technical consultants doing the monitoring work for BHP Billiton.

In November 2003, BHP Billiton decided to cancel its annual environmental workshops.  It had heard from community members that the highly technical presentations and fast pace of the discussions made it difficult to translate.  Internal budget constraints were also a factor.  Aboriginal communities and the Agency offered suggestions on how to make the workshops more effective. However, BHP Billiton decided it would visit communities individually to present information and gather input.  BHP Billiton also decided to conduct the annual workshop only every three years, around the same time it is required under the Environmental Agreement (1997) to produce an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

In 2004, the Agency wrote a letter to BHP Billiton expressing our concern about the company’s cancellation of its annual workshops.  The Agency decided to host annual environmental workshops in those years the company does not (while encouraging them to participate).  We have done so since 2004.  In our environmental workshops, we present the previous year’s results of DDEC’s environmental monitoring programs in an easily understood format, as well as the Agency’s interpretation and recommendations.

Workshop Presentations

2018 Waste Rock Workshop (January 18) 

2014 Environmental Workshop (December 3)

2011 Environmental Workshop (December 7): Traditional Knowledge

2010 Environmental Workshop (November 17): Focus on Air Quality

2008 Environmental Workshop (December 3)

2007 Environmental Workshop (November 14)

2005 Environmental Workshop (March 17) – under construction

2004 Environmental Workshop (March 16-17)

  • Introduction – Presentation by Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency
  • Long Lake Studies – Presentation by Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency
  • Panda Diversion Channel – Presentation by Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency
  • Wildlife Effects – Presentation by Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency
  • Wildife Plans – Presentation by Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency

Other Workshops

Ekati Closure and Reclamation Workshop (February 14-16, 2006)

Mine Closure and Reclamation Workshop (February 1-3, 2005)

Aboriginal Caucus Workshop on Environmental Monitoring of Diamond Mines (January 14 and 16, 2004)

  • All Presentations

Traditional Knowledge Monitoring Workshop (March 12-14, 2003)

  • Diavik Diamond Mines Fish Texture and Palatability Study: Bringing Science and Traditional Knowledge Together – Presentation by Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board
  • Special Elders Session: Caribou, Fences and Diavik
  • Issues and Background: Traditional Knowledge and Monitoring – Presentation by Geo North Consulting