Frontier Lithium Signs Important Exploration Agreements with Deer Lake First Nation and Sandy Lake First Nation
Sudbury, Ontario, October 21, 2016 – Frontier Lithium (TSX.V: FL) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has signed Exploration Agreements with Deer Lake First Nation (“DLFN”) and Sandy Lake First Nation (“SLFN”) regarding Frontier’s mineral exploration activities on its PAK Lithium Project (the “Project”) in the Red Lake Mining District, Northwestern Ontario. The registered membership of DLFN is one thousand, three-hundred and twelve (1,312) people and three-thousand and sixty-two (3,062) people with SLFN.
The Company wishes to continue to conduct mineral exploration with the support of the two communities and this new agreement allows for that process. The agreements promote a cooperative and mutually beneficial and respectful relationship concerning DLFN, SLFN and Frontier Lithium’s explorations of its current and additional (if any) mining claims or properties that the Company may acquire an interest in – all for which are located within the Traditional Territories of the communities (as defined in the signed Exploration Agreements).
The agreements recognize and respect the Aboriginal and Treaty rights and interests of both communities, together with their constitutional and other legal rights and desires to maintain open and friendly, cooperative, on-going communications and a positive working relationship, and further that these Exploration Agreements are “…not in derogation of abrogation of any inherent treaty, aboriginal, title or like right of…” either community.
The agreements also state that the parties agree that it is their common objective to assist community members to benefit from business opportunities associated with Exploration Activities undertaken by Frontier and that assuming the Feasibility Study is positive, the Parties commit to make best efforts to develop an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA).
DLFN and SLFN acknowledge that Frontier Lithium may enter into agreements with other First Nation stakeholders, and may enter into such agreements in a comprehensive or cumulative fashion with the same.
Chief Roy Dale Meekis of Deer Lake First Nation and Chief Bart Meekis of Sandy Lake First Nation has jointly commented that “We are looking forward to coming together and working with Frontier towards sustainable developments on our traditional territories to the mutual benefit of all parties.”
“With pre-feasbility underway, the signed exploration agreements mark a very significant project milestone. The agreeable terms are mutually beneficial and they recognize the importance of the environment and both community’s traditional territories – both of which are of great significance to Deer Lake First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, their respective members, and Frontier Lithium,” remarked Trevor Walker, President, Frontier Lithium.
The agreement is in line with the Company’s commitment to build sincere relationships with our neighbouring communities. We have an active interest and respect for all people and we understand the social, environmental and economic implications of our activities.