Dominion Diamond Resources Corporation had been meeting with communities to discuss their plans for development of two kimberlite pipes at the Ekati mine known as the Jay and Cardinal pipes. Communities had expressed concerns with the overall footprint of the Jay/Cardinal Project. In considering both community concerns and economic factors, the company had decided to change its project plan to develop only the Jay pipe. The company needed to meet with its Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) communities to explain the new project and get community input on the development plan as it prepared to submit the project for regulatory review. Key issues were the dewatering of Lac de Gras and impacts on fish, as well as project impacts on caribou and other wildlife. The company also wanted to continue its dialogue with communities to make the link between the project and Traditional Knowledge.
Tait worked closely with the Dominion Diamond team (including consultants from Golder Associates) to understand the subject matter, design an agenda, facilitate the sessions and develop summary reports which captured community input, the company’s responses and any undertakings.
Tait facilitated a total of 6 one-day workshops with the following IBA groups: Lutsel’ Ke Dene First Nations (2 workshops in Lutsel’ Ke), Tlicho Government Kwe Beh Working Group (Behchoko), community of Kugluktuk (Kugluktuk), Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Ndilo) and North Slave Metis Alliance (Yellowknife). Tait used draft notes from Dominion staff to develop detailed reports for each meeting as well as a summary undertakings document.