Mining today is not my father's industry

27 October 2021

There continue to be references to the historic mines (particularly the Giant gold mine) as the symbols of mining today. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the slide below, I’ve tried to demonstrate some of the changes made in the past 30 years, particularly in the NWT diamond mining industry.

“My father worked (and helped raise our family) for a Yellowknife gold mine. I did the same with the Diavik diamond mine, and can very confidently say that mining today is not the industry of my father’s.” Tom Hoefer, Executive Director, NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines.