When you think of diamonds, you might think: romance, marriage proposals and maybe even Marylyn Monroe’s 1953 rendition of, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” It’s no accident we think this way, a century of marketing has convinced us that diamonds symbolize love.

Since the first diamond mine opened here in 1998, Canada has become the third-largest diamond producer in the world. Glossy magazine ads celebrate the “purity” of northern Canadian diamonds as an ethical alternative to conflict diamonds.

But according to our two guests on today’s episode of Don’t Call Me Resilient, Rebecca Hall from Queen’s University and Della Green, former Victim Services Coordinator, at The Native Women’s Association of the Northwest Territories, this marketing strategy hides enormous social problems. Including some of Canada’s highest rates of violence against women.

The story our guests tell is not one of numbers. Instead, they’re sharing narratives gathered and collected through interviews and sharing circles about how lives have changed after the mines opened.

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All the best.

Vinita Srivastava

Host + Producer, Don't Call Me Resilient | Senior Editor, Culture + Society

A miner is silhouetted as he passes through a doorway in a mine shaft 100 feet below the surface at the Giant Mine near Yellowknife, N.W.T. in July, 2003. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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