"Dene-Khione’s 13-year of experience supporting DeBeers Canada at both Gahcho Kue and Snap Lake mines as well as the construction of the winter road from Tibbitt to Contwoyto, has provided us with the foundation to excel in Northern and Northern Indigenous hires. During that time, we have provided over 500,000 man-hours without incident. We feel strongly about the North and our people and want to see them succeed in projects in their backyard. We believe in the concept that a business is only as strong as its employees, and we commit to delivering Rio Tinto with the quality staff that our clients have come to rely on. Dene Khione Resources’ mission statement is to provide a northern workforce for northern projects. Our hiring policy has always been and continues to be to hire Northern Residents and IBA benefactors first. As such, they will get the first opportunity to fill the contract positions. Only if we cannot place these positions do we look elsewhere."