Case Study

Strategic & ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge’ advice (CAN)

The proposed diamond mine, if developed, will be one of the largest diamond mines in Canada. It is expected to process 15 million tonnes of ore per year. In order to get to the diamond bearing rock, 100m of overburden will need to be removed. The mine itself will likely consist of two 2.5km diameter wide by 250m deep open pits. To keep the mine dry, about 150,000 cubic meters of brackish groundwater per day will need to be extracted, of which half will be used for processing and half will be discharged.

Location:

Saskatchewan

Client:

Confidential

Sector:

Mining & Minerals

Project Objectives:

SLR’s project objective was to provide expert review to local community leaders on the Environmental Impact Statement that was submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. SLR also did a related follow up Traditional Ecological Knowledge project for the local community which included a GIS mapping system for their further use, updates and expansion of information.

Our Role

  • To provide an expert review of air quality; aquatic ecology; archaeology; geotechnical; hydrogeology; hydrology; noise; planning; processed and waste rock geochemistry; risk assessment; cumulative effects; socioeconomics; surface water quality; terrestrial ecology; traditional knowledge & land use; transportation
  • To conduct a follow-up Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) project with the local community in order via through workshops with community leaders
  • To build the TEK information obtained into GIS based constraint mapping and provide GIS mapping to the community leaders, training staff staff on the system in order to use, update and expand the information