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Cree see benefits from Quebec’s first diamond mine, built on their territory – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 201837 Views

Cree leaders negotiated to have guaranteed jobs, contracts and a share of the royalties from the Renard mine

Jul 08, 2018

Quebec’s first diamond mine — the $774-million, Stornoway Diamond Corp.’s Renard mine — sits on Cree territory, about 800 kilometres from Montreal in northern Quebec.

In operation since January 2017, the mine would not have happened without a unique agreement reached between the company and the Cree, who are guaranteed jobs, contracts and a share of the royalties, once the mine is profitable.

For more than a year now, the mine has been producing diamonds, some of which are sold at Montreal’s Birks jewellery store. They bear a fleur-de-lis inscribed by a laser, and come with a certificate that says they’re officially, “Diamants du Québec.”

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/stornoway-diamonds-crees-mining-1.4734243

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