De Beers says blockade of diamond mine near Attawapiskat is over
The remains of a Canadian flag can be seen flying over a building in Attawapiskat, Ont., on Nov. 29, 2011. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)
Published Friday, February 8, 2013 7:37AM EST
ATTAWAPISKAT, Ont. -- De Beers Canada says the blockade at its winter road near the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario has ended.
The company says residents from the reserve ended the blockade Thursday evening and the first convoy reached the site of its Victor diamond mine at 9 p.m.
De Beers says it has agreed to review items in the impact benefit agreement and to look at employment and training.
The mine, about 90 kilometres from the reserve, relies on the winter road for a bulk of it's resupply program.
Local community businesses are contracted by De Beers in the millions of dollars every year.