Social Impact

At Arctic Canadian, we believe people are our most important asset. Therefore, we are fully committed to the health, safety and well-being of our employees and to establishing strong, lasting and respectful relationships with the people and communities with whom we work.

This includes working collaboratively with Indigenous and local community leaders, stakeholder groups and governments, by sharing information and engaging to better understand their needs and expectations. To meet our commitment to help protect the Northern environment we operate in, we maintain a high standard of environmental stewardship throughout all phases of our operations.

Sustainability at Arctic Canadian

Arctic Canadian is committed to the safety and well-being of our people and the communities in which we operate, mitigating our environmental impact and delivering ethically produced natural diamonds.


Our goal: To continuously improve our safety performance and culture.
Our approach: To continuously learn, share and improve safety by meaningful worker engagement and safety leadership. We are committed to providing a safe work environment.


Our goal: To enhance the health and well-being of our people.
Our approach: To promote and deliver occupational health services to our people; ensuring personal health, wellness, and the prevention of workplace related illnesses.


Our goal: To protect the environment, through responsible and innovative resource development.
Our approach: Foster a culture of environmental stewardship and respect within our workforce, in-line with Indigenous, Government and Regulatory values and expectations.


Our goal: To build and sustain a high-performing workforce.
Our approach: To commit to a high performance and purpose-led culture, in which everyone demonstrates care and accountability.


Our goal: To identify and effectively manage risk.
Our approach: To maintain a working environment where risk management is proactive and integrated into daily operations; following a strong process of assessment, development,
and monitoring of critical risks.


Our goal: Establish positive and collaborative relationships with our key internal and external stakeholders.
Our approach: To communicate openly and honestly, support local programs and contribute to the communities in which we operate.


Our goal: To fulfill our obligations and requirements as an industry leader.
Our approach: To maintain integrity with community commitments and regulations and to promote collaboration with our partners and stakeholders.


Our goal: To maximize profit and opportunities for the benefit of our stakeholders.
Our approach: To set and achieve business objectives through continuous improvement and innovation.


Our goal: To achieve excellence in Health Safety and Environmental culture by the implementation of identified best practices.
Our approach: To set objectives and targets for continuous improvement in areas that include occupational health and safety, prevention of pollution, waste management, processed kimberlite disposal management, progressive reclamation, biodiversity conservation, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and water use.

Ekati Plus Community Development Program

Arctic Canadian invests in innovative projects that support healthy, vibrant Northern communities through the Ekati Plus Community Development Program. We identify needs and opportunities and invest in viable solutions, helping communities become resilient, resourceful and ready for the future. The Ekati Plus Program assists communities achieve their goals by providing financial assistance or in-kind support for sustainable projects that benefit the people of the North.
To learn more about our application criteria and how submit a proposal for funding, download the Ekati Plus brochure.

Highlight Stories

Grey Skies: Support for wildfire evacuees of Kátł’odeeche First Nation and Hay River residents

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Bright future ahead: Journeyperson powerline technician Frank Betsina’s insight on apprenticeships and planning for a career in trades

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Ekati Mine receives MAX Award for exceptional ESG performance

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Point Lake Project receives all permitting required to move forward with fish-out plan and dewatering process

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Arctic Canadian donates $20,000 to two Yellowknife-based organizations for youth and seniors

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Point Lake Project achieves major permitting milestones

Shortly after Arctic Canadian acquired the Ekati Mine in February 2021, the permitting process...
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Ekati Plus Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

At Arctic Canadian, we are focused on building a stronger North by assisting Northerners to achieve their career goals. An important part of strengthening our workforce in the Northwest Territories is through education, growth and development of Northerners.

Download the application to learn more about the program criteria and how to apply.

Northern and Indigenous Business

Arctic Canadian is committed to sustainable development in local communities and has four Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA) for the Ekati Mine with the Hamlet of Kugluktuk & Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Akaitcho Treaty 8 (Yellowknives Dene First Nation and Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation), Tlicho Government and North Slave Metis Association.

As per our Socio-Economic Agreement (SEA) and our IBAs, we are committed to supporting Northern and Northern Indigenous businesses in areas of northern spend and employment and we expect our business partners and suppliers to do the same. Where applicable, these aspects shall be considered as part of our standard evaluation process.