ABORIGINAL RELATIONS: Benefits agreement signed for Prairie Creek zinc project

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - Canadian Zinc Corp. of Yellowknife, NT, and the Nahanni Butte Dene Band have signed an impact and benefits agreement that covers the development and operation of the company's Prairie Creek zinc-lead-silver mine in the...

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - Canadian Zinc Corp. of Yellowknife, NT, and the Nahanni Butte Dene Band have signed an impact and benefits agreement that covers the development and operation of the company's Prairie Creek zinc-lead-silver mine in the South Mackenzie Mountains.

The Nah?a Dehé Prairie Creek agreement provides for an ongoing working relationship between the mining company and the Nah?a Dehé Dene Band at Nahanni Butte. The pact respects the goals and aspirations of each party and will enable the Nahanni community members to participate in the opportunities and benefits offered by the project and confirms their support for the Prairie Creek mine, according to Canadian Zinc. It covers training, employment and business opportunities.

The formal signing of the agreement took place at a ceremony in Nahanni Butte on Jan. 20, 2011 and was attended by the Chief and Band Council of the Nahanni Butte Dene Band; the Hon Bob McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment of the Northwest Territories; Kevin Menicoche, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nahendeh; the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor); and other government and aboriginal representatives.

More information about the agreement and details of the Prairie Creek project are available at www.CanadianZinc.com.

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