Protesters block road to De Beers diamond mine

The De Beers Canada Victor Mine, located in northern Ontario is seen in this undated file photo.

The De Beers Canada Victor Mine, located in northern Ontario is seen in this undated file photo.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:15 PM ET

A small number of protesters have blockaded the winter road to De Beers’ Victor diamond mine outside the embattled Attawapiskat reserve in northern Ontario.

The mine, about 100 km outside the First Nations community, has been a source of division since it opened about five years ago, but employs several members of the band.

Despite an impact-benefit agreement signed after several years of negotiation, many in the First Nation still believe they are being cheated out of the diamond mine’s profits.

One protester said the blockade began Monday night.

It’s unknown what the blockaders are protesting or how long they intend to stay.

De Beers has not yet commented.


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