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Bouwa Whee, a Yellowknives Dene First Nation company, provides site services including catering and accommodations management to resource companies. Photo: Diavik Diamond Mines

Mines create new businesses and help existing companies expand and gain expertise for future growth. Since 1996, mining companies have spent $16.6 billion in the North. Of this, several billion is with Indigenous northern businesses. Two-thirds of every dollar the North’s mines spend on daily operations and construction goes to local companies.

In 2017, the North’s six mines (3 in the NWT and 3 in Nunavut) spend a total of just over $1 billion with local businesses.