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De Beers Group: Applications Open for 2019 Impact Camp for Indigenous Girls

Press Release

April 09, 2019

Applications for 10 seats at the annual IMPACT Camp for Indigenous Girls hosted by De Beers Group and the University of Waterloo are now open to girls living in the Northwest Territories, Northern Ontario and Nunavut.

This is the second year of a three-year commitment by De Beers Group to support the camp, scheduled for the weekend of August 14-15 in Waterloo, Ontario. The camp is open to Indigenous girls in Grades 7-8 and is designed to grow participants’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and raise awareness about post-secondary education.

“This camp is an amazing opportunity for girls from isolated Northern communities near our operations and projects to learn, explore and grow, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), an area traditionally dominated by men,” said Kim Truter, CEO of De Beers Canada. “We know from speaking with the 2018 participants that the camp was not only eye-opening but inspirational, sparking them to take a new interest in science.”

Information about the camp and applications for the De Beers Group sponsored spaces are available online at http://canada.debeersgroup.com/building-forever/scholarships-for-canadian-women/impact-camp-for-indigenous-girls and through schools in communities close to our operations and projects. Additional preference will go to applicants from De Beers Canada’s Impact Benefit Agreement Communities in the NWT, Northern Ontario where De Beers Canada currently has operations. This year is also the first time the sponsorship will be expanded to include Inuit from Pangnirtung and Iqaluit in Nunavut, as De Beers Canada is advancing the recently acquired Chidliak Project on Baffin Island. De Beers Group covers costs associated with the camp, including travel to and from Waterloo for the participant and a caregiver. The application deadline is May 31, 2019.

Support for the camp is part of our USD $3 million partnership with UN Women to advance women and girls in our producer countries. In Canada, De Beers Group has also funded 67 years’ worth of scholarships for women enrolled in STEM subjects at the University of Waterloo and the University of Calgary and through Scholarships Canada.

Applications for nine USD $4,800 scholarships for women in STEM and STEM-like fields that are available through Scholarships Canada close on June 1, 2019. Additional priority for these scholarships is given to Indigenous women from the NWT, Northern Ontario, Nunavut and Southern Alberta. Go online to https://debeersgroup.scholarshipscanada.com for information about the scholarships and to apply.

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