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De Beers offers First Aid Training in Communities

Lutsel K’e, NT (April 1, 2011) – Some residents of Lutsel K’e now hold Standard First Aid certificates, the result of training offered by De Beers Canada.

The course was held in Lutsel K’e from March 14-16, led by a training coordinator from De Beers’ Snap Lake Mine.

“First Aid is often required for work in our industry or for field work. While we provide this training at our mine site, this is the first time we are delivering First Aid training in Aboriginal communities close to the mine,” said Cathie Bolstad, Director of External & Corporate Affairs. “This offers people in the communities one more tool in their skills toolbox that not only positions them for working safely, but also prepares them to offer help in their community in the event of an emergency.”All eight people who attended the three-day course passed. Certification is good for three years.

“This is an excellent example of how a community and De Beers can work together,” said Sabet Biscaye, Superintendent. Community Relations with De Beers Canada. “Everyone benefits from this co-operative approach.”

De Beers provided the course materials and the instructor, while the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation offered the facility where the training was held.

De Beers is developing plans to offer first aid training to residents of Yellowknives Dene First Nation and Tlicho communities in coming months.

De Beers Canada operates the Snap Lake Mine located 220 km northeast of Yellowknife and is the operator of the Gahcho Kué Project, a joint venture project of De Beers Canada Inc. (51%) and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (49%). Gahcho Kué will be De Beers’ second diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, and is currently proceeding through an Environmental Impact Review process.

For more information, contact:
Terry Kruger
Communications Coordinator
De Beers Canada NWT Projects
T. 867.766.7327