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ABORIGINAL RELATIONS: Wahpeton Dakota nation signs on for Star-Orion South diamond project

SASKATCHEWAN - The Wahpeton Dakota Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Shore Gold covering the company's Star-Orion South diamond project. The two sides have agreed to discuss potential education and training, job and business...


SASKATCHEWAN – The Wahpeton Dakota Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Shore Gold covering the company’s Star-Orion South diamond project. The two sides have agreed to discuss potential education and training, job and business opportunities that may be available at the project for the Wahpeton Dakota.

Shore is working toward making a production decision which would lead to development of Saskatchewan’s first diamond mine, approximately 60 km east of Prince Albert in the Fort à la Corne forest in central Saskatchewan. The forest is asserted by Wahpeton Dakota to be part of its traditional territory.

Shore is the 100%-owner of the Star kimberlites and 60%-owner of the Orion South joint venture with Newmont Mining. The pre-feasibility study estimated that pre-production capital spending at the project will reach $1.54 billion before production commences in 2016.

Shore recently filed an environmental impact statement with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment and is engaged in other activities to advance the project.

Project news is available at www.ShoreGold.com.