Victor Diamond Mine

NEW! An investigation into the Victor mine has found failures in self-monitoring raising troubling questions about entrusting the company to protect the environment in which it operates. Read more here.

The remote De Beers’ Victor Diamond Mine is located in northeastern Ontario, 90 km west of Attawapiskat First Nation in the Attawapiskat River watershed. The region is part of one of the largest, intact ecosystems areas left on earth with rich wetlands and clean flowing rivers that support continentally important populations of wildlife, including threatened woodland caribou and healthy fisheries. It also regulates climate, stores carbon and sustains the traditional activities of First Nations. Up until the opening of the mine in 2008, it was an area with very little industrial development.

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Map of Attawapiskat River Watershed includes
Victor Diamond Mine & Ring of Fire.

 

Wildlands League was the first to uncover De Beer's mining claims beyond Victor in Winisk River and Far North

Wildlands League uncovers De Beers’
mining claims beyond Victor in
Winisk River and Far North.


Why we care Why we care

We care because the Hudson Bay Lowland and adjacent northern Boreal Forest is one of the largest intact areas left on the planet. It is also the ancestral homeland for many Indigenous communities. Industrial resource extraction should only proceed if it meets the highest standards in the world (including free prior and informed consent) and only after a long term plan for the region is in place.

Ontario needs a long term view to ensure local First Nations are respected and the environment is protected. Independent monitoring and reporting for the Victor Mine is needed.

The stakes here are high, ecologically, culturally and economically and we want to help Ontario get it right.

How we can help Solution

The Victor Diamond Mine has been approved and is now operating. But permits need to be renewed throughout the life of the mine operation, such as Permits to Take Water. In the case of an operating mine, monitoring becomes very important and making the monitoring data accessible to First Nations and the public is a critically missing step towards transparent decision-making.

There should be opportunities for the public to learn more about what it means to mine in the muskeg. The risks and costs to communities, rivers, fish and other wildlife need to be brought to light along with any economic benefits. A transparent and informed conversation around trade-offs is paramount especially as plans are afoot to open new mines.

You can help by learning more about the need for a Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment here in the Attawapiskat River watershed before additional mines are approved. Learn more here.

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