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Diamond Empowerment Fund Establishes First Canadian Beneficiary Education Scholarships to Support Youth in Diamond Rich Northwest Territories

Alongside Minister Wally Schumann of the Northwest Territories (NWT), the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) announced today its partnership with the Mine Training Society to establish the first Diamond Empowerment Fund scholarship to be located in Canada.

Left to Right: Winter Bailey, Mine Training Society; Nancy Orem Lyman, D.E.F; H.E. Wally
Schumann GNWT
The Mine Training Society is a partnership between Indigenous governments, public government, and the mining industry. Its mission is to help Indigenous people living in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut region of Northern Canada find long-term employment in the mining industry. The Diamond Empowerment Fund scholarships are earmarked for young people who want to advance in diamond mining fields of employment.

The partnership was announced at the Kimberlite Career &Technical Center which was created by the GNWT and diamond industry partners. Said Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment for the Government of the Northwest Territories, “The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to ensuring benefits from major diamond development projects flow to NWT residents – their businesses and their governments. I am pleased to have helped facilitate this diamond-inspired program between the Diamond Empowerment Fund and the Mine Training Society that will help northern youth gain the skills they need to succeed at the mine site and beyond”.

Anna Martin, president of the Diamond Empowerment Fund and senior vice president of GIA says, “Creating education and employment opportunites for youth who live in areas where natural diamonds are found is at the heart of the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission. We are thrilled to be part of this partnership with the Mine Training Society and to recognize the importance of Canada to the natural diamond mining industry”.

Canada is the world’s third largest diamond producing country. The Government of the Northwest Territories received D.E.F.’s Diamonds Do Good Responsible Government Award in 2018. Recipients of this year’s Diamonds Do Good Awards to be held May 30th 2019 in Las Vegas are diamond mining giant ALROSA and leading retailers who are part of the Luxury Jewelers Resource Group.