Northcliff Signs Environmental Assessment Review & Capacity Funding Agreement with New Brunswick First Nations
June 20, 2013 Fredericton, New Brunswick - Northcliff Resources Ltd. ("Northcliff" or the "Company") (TSX: NCF) is pleased to announce it has signed an Environmental Assessment Review and Capacity Funding Agreement (the "Agreement") with the St. Mary's First Nation, Woodstock First Nation and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick for the Sisson Tungsten-Molybdenum Project located in central New Brunswick. The Agreement provides a framework for Northcliff to provide funding and in-kind support to all New Brunswick First Nations to assist in their participation in and facilitate their technical review of the Sisson Project during the Environmental Assessment Process. The funding is intended to assist First Nations where they feel they need additional resources to review technical materials and assist community members in understanding technical aspects of the project. In addition to Northcliff's capacity support, First Nations of New Brunswick have also received Participation Funding under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Participant Funding Program.
Chief Lenny Tomah Jr. of Woodstock First Nation said, "Woodstock First Nation has taken a proactive approach with respect to the Sisson Tungsten-Molybdenum Project, as well all natural resource development which may impact First Nation culture. Our First Nation is committed to the protection, and exercise, of our constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights. We have worked diligently to foster and promote a robust consultation process within the Province of New Brunswick. Creating an environment with the capacity to meaningfully participate in consultation is an important step and the funding provided by Northcliff is a step towards achieving this."
New Brunswick Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard said he is pleased that the capacity funding agreement has been reached. "We have demonstrated on a number of projects the importance of participation and partnership with First Nations and this is an excellent accomplishment as Northcliff Resources continues its due diligence on a project that could have tremendous benefits for New Brunswick," Leonard said.
Northcliff President & CEO Chris Zahovskis said, "Northcliff is committed to meaningful consultation with First Nations and this Agreement is a demonstration of our continued interest in supporting First Nations' active engagement in the Sisson Project and the Environmental Impact Assessment. We are delighted that St. Mary's, Woodstock and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick, collectively representing all First Nations in New Brunswick, have agreed to work together by jointly retaining technical experts to assist them in reviewing, understanding and commenting on any documents, reports or information related to the Sisson Project as part of the EA Process. We look forward to continuing an open dialogue with First Nations during the environmental review process."
About Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick
Established in 2010, the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick represents 13 of New Brunswick's 15 First Nations communities, of which nine are Mi'kmaq and six are Maliseet.
About Woodstock First Nation
Woodstock First Nation is a Maliseet First Nation located in the province of New Brunswick on the shore of the Saint John River. The Sisson Project is located within Maliseet traditional territory and approximately 50 kilometres from the Woodstock First Nation's reserve.
About St. Mary's First Nation
St. Mary's First Nation is the largest of Maliseet Nations along the St. John River & plays a vital economic role in New Brunswick's Capital City of Fredericton.
About Northcliff Resources Ltd.
Northcliff, associated with Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI), is a mineral resource company focused on advancing the feasibility-stage Sisson Tungsten-Molybdenum Project located in New Brunswick, Canada, to production. The results of the Feasibility Study, completed in January 2013, confirm that the Sisson Project is technically and economically feasible and can now move on to the next stage of development. For more information on Northcliff and the Sisson Tungsten-Molybdenum Project please visit our website: www.northcliffresources.com.
Chris Zahovskis, President & CEO
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