Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. was among six companies recognized as leaders in working with the aboriginal sector of the Canadian economy this past February. The Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) recipients received the honour from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).
“The companies in PAR are making a significant contribution to the prosperity of aboriginal Canadians,” said CCAB President and CEO Jocelyne Soulodre. “They are showing leadership in employment, business development, individual capacity development, and community relations - the four sectors that PAR examines.”
PAR provides a framework for businesses and organizations to self-assess their approach to the emerging aboriginal marketplace, and tools to improve their performance. PAR is a long-term process that will allow participating companies to expand their knowledge and interaction with the community.
Since the program’s inception earlier this decade, two other mining companies, Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Cameco Corporation, have both been repeat recipients of the Gold Achievement level of the program.