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De Beers Group Donates $356,000 to Early Childhood Learning Centre

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De Beers Group is pleased to announce a CAD$356,000 contribution to support construction of a CAD$1.2 million Early Childhood Learning Centre in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories (NWT) by the Fort Resolution Métis Council.

The centre will provide education and childcare services for up to 15 children under the age of five. A building site has been cleared and a 1,700 square foot modular building now under construction in Alberta will be assembled on the site. The centre is scheduled to open on September 1, 2022.

Five people will be employed at the facility. Construction will provide temporary employment to 30 people during assembly of the building on site and the Métis Council will prioritize hiring of local residents during construction and operations.

The facility will include indoor recreation areas/facilities and an outdoor playground, which will be available for use by community members.

The funding from De Beers Group is being provided through the Anglo American Group Foundation. Anglo American is the majority shareholder of De Beers Group. De Beers’ funding will go to provide health and wellness equipment, a healthy food program, early childhood development programming and staff costs. It is hoped that this facility will assist the community in attracting and retaining skilled professionals to fill critical roles in the community, including educators and health care professionals.

Lyndon Clark, General Manager of Gahcho Kué Mine, said: “Thriving communities start with strong, healthy families and we are proud to help establish this critical community infrastructure in Fort Resolution. The Early Childhood Learning Centre will create a real and lasting benefit in the community that supports community resilience and economic diversification, key goals of De Beers’ Building Forever framework.”

Arthur Beck, President of the Fort Resolution Métis Local, said: “Our community members are looking forward to our new Early Childhood Learning Center schedule to open for Sept. 1, 2021 with cultural programming. The opening of this Center will allow for parents to enter the workforce to build on a working career for their family’s wellbeing. Also, with the help of this Early Childhood Learning Center for their child or children, will now allow parents to preplan and upgrade their education to further their career path resulting in improving their financial wellbeing for their family.”

The Fort Resolution Métis Local is part of the NWT Métis Nation, which is one of six Impact Benefit Agreement communities for Gahcho Kué Mine. Fort Resolution is a community of about 500 people located near where the Slave River enters Great Slave Lake, approximately 160 km northeast of Hay River. NWT.

Gahcho Kué Mine is a joint venture between De Beers Group (51% – the Operator) and Mountain Province Diamonds (49%). The mine is located 280 km northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. The mine opened in 2016 and has a life of mine until 2030. CLICK HERE to learn more about Building Forever.

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