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All Provinces and Territories Are Now Represented on the Centennial Flame

OTTAWA, December 13, 2017

As part of Canada 150, the Government of Canada has added the symbols of Nunavut to the Centennial Flame so that every province and territory, from coast to coast to coast, is now represented.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada and the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada took part in the unveiling of the new Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill.

The Governor General and the Prime Minister were accompanied by the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage; the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; the Honourable Nellie Taptaqut Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut; the Honourable Paul Quassa, Premier of Nunavut; and other federal, territorial and municipal representatives. Members of local Inuit and Algonquin Nation organizations also attended the celebratory ceremony. As a tribute to Inuit traditions, it included throat singing, drumming and traditional dancing.

The official symbols of Nunavut and the date the territory joined Confederation (1999) are now inscribed on the impressive Centennial Flame monument, alongside symbols of all Canadian provinces and territories. This project demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to acknowledging this beautiful territory’s contribution to our country.

The structure, which now has 13 sides, was entirely rebuilt in order to fully reflect Canada from coast to coast to coast. Canadians are invited to come and admire this work, which is a source of pride and a special landmark for residents and visitors to the region.

Quotes

“More than 50 years ago, a flame was lit on Parliament Hill to mark the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Today, as we celebrate Canada 150, it burns for the whole country and for Nunavut, our newest territory. Our government is proud to unveil the new Centennial Flame monument, and I invite all Canadians to rediscover this iconic symbol of Canada, which now reflects every province and territory from coast to coast to coast.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Today more than ever, with the inclusion of Nunavut, the Centennial Flame symbolizes Canada’s unity from coast to coast to coast. The Centennial Flame will always be a major attraction for all Canadians visiting our nation’s capital and will continue to have a lasting legacy for future generations.”

—The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“The Centennial Flame is a prominent symbol of our nation’s unity. The motto inscribed in syllabics on the coat of arms, Nunavut, Our Strength, emphasizes the importance the land and our language play in all aspects of life in Nunavut, recognizes the important role our territory plays in the sovereignty and security of this great nation, and reinforces Canada’s identity as a truly northern country.”

—The Honourable Paul Quassa, Premier of Nunavut

Quick Facts

  • The Centennial Flame is part of a fountain that now has 13 sides with the inclusion of the official symbols of Nunavut. Located on the front lawn of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, the structure bears the bronze shield of each of the provinces and territories, as well as their respective floral emblems and the date each joined Confederation. These elements are joined by the fountain’s water, representing Canada’s unity.
  • The monument now includes the shield and floral emblem of Nunavut and the year the territory joined Confederation (1999).
  • On December 31, 1966, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson launched Canada’s 100th anniversary celebrations by lighting the Flame for the first time.
  • The Flame was originally conceived as a temporary project for the duration of the centennial year, but its popularity prompted the decision to retain the Flame in perpetuity.
  • The shield of Nunavut is round and features an inuksuk, a qulliq (Inuit stone lamp), five gold circles representing the arc of the sun, and the North Star. The official territorial flower is purple saxifrage, which represents the resilience and perseverance of the people of Nunavut. The territorial motto is Nunavut Sannginivut (“Nunavut, our strength”).

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Contacts

For more information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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Mason Graphite Announces $45 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Offering

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC–( Dec. 12, 2017) –

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

Mason Graphite Inc. (“Mason Graphite” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:LLG)(OTCQX:MGPHF) announces that the Company has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by National Bank Financial Inc. (together the “Underwriters”), under which the Underwriters have agreed to buy on a bought deal basis 18,750,000 common shares of the Company (the “Shares”) at a price of $2.40 per share for gross proceeds of $45,000,000 (the “Offering”). The Shares will be offered by way of private placement in all the provinces of Canada to accredited investors under applicable exemptions from prospectus requirements.

Mason Graphite has also granted an option to the Underwriters to purchase up to 2,812,500 additional Shares at the issue price of $2.40 per share (the “Underwriters’ Option”), which if exercised in full would result in total gross proceeds of $51,750,000 to Mason Graphite from the Offering. The Underwriters’ Option is exercisable in whole or in part at any time up to 48 hours prior to closing of the Offering.

The net proceeds of the Offering will be used for development and construction expenses related to the Company’s Lac Guéret graphite mine and Baie-Comeau, Québec concentrator plant project (the “Project”), the majority of which the Company expects to incur over the next twelve months, and for general corporate purposes. Development and construction expenses represent a portion of the Project’s estimated $200 million capital expenditure budget.

The Offering is expected to close on or about January 4, 2018 and is subject to the prior approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. All securities issued at the closing of the Offering will be subject to a four month hold period under applicable Canadian securities legislation and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) absent such registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

Update on Ongoing Discussions with Ressources Québec

Ressources Québec, one of Mason Graphite’s largest shareholder holding 13.7 million shares, remains highly supportive of the Company and its Project. Mason Graphite and Ressources Québec remain in ongoing discussions regarding a potential future equity investment in the Company to further support the realization of the Project. To date, no agreement has been reached between the parties and Mason Graphite will continue to evaluate its financing alternatives with a view of maximizing shareholder value.

Interest payment on convertible debentures

The Company announces that it intends to issue an aggregate of 47,212 common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) at a deemed price per share of $2.51 in payment of $118,500 in interest due and payable under the Company’s 12% convertible debentures (the “Debentures”), which are held by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ. The Debentures are due June 11, 2019. Under the terms of the Debentures, the Company has the option to pay 50% of the semi-annual interest due on the Debentures in Common Shares. The balance of the interest owing under the Debentures, being $118,500, has been paid in cash. The issuance of the Common Shares in payment of interest on the Debentures is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and the Common Shares will be subject to a four month hold period.

About Mason Graphite and the Lac Guéret Project

Mason Graphite is a Canadian mining and processing company focused on the development of its 100% owned Lac Guéret natural graphite deposit located in northeastern Québec. The Company is led by a highly experienced team that has over five decades of experience in graphite production, sales, and research and development. For more information, visit www.masongraphite.com.

Mason Graphite Inc. On behalf of the Board

Benoît Gascon, CPA, CA, President & Chief Executive Officer
Contact Information:
Mason Graphite Inc.
Simon Marcotte, CFA
Vice-President Corporate Development
+1 (647) 801-7273
info@masongraphite.com

For more information relating to local communities:
Mason Graphite Inc.
Luc Veilleux, CPA, CA
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
+1 (514) 289-3582
info@masongraphite.com

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Centennial Flame updated to include Nunavut, 18 years after territory created – CBC

Parliament Hill monument was built to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967

Dec 13, 2017

It’s taken almost two decades, but Nunavut finally has a spot on Parliament Hill’s Centennial Flame monument.

The monument was built to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967, long before the creation of Nunavut some 32 years later.

For weeks, crews have been working to turn the dodecagon into a tridecagon to include Nunavut’s imagery. The flame was extinguished during construction, but was reignited with help from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly and Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa.

The stone fountain, a popular photo stop for tourists, now includes imagery from the shields of the 10 provinces and three territories and their official flowers.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nunavut-centennial-flame-updated-1.4446258

Ministerial Statement from the Honourable Jane Philpott – 10th Anniversary of Jordan’s Principle

December 12, 2017     Ottawa, ON     Indigenous Services Canada

The Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, issued the following statement today:

“Today marks ten years since the House of Commons passed a motion on Jordan’s Principle and committed to ensuring First Nations children can access the government services they need, when they need them.

The motion was named in honour of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Manitoba who needed medical care from birth. For three years he could have received his care in a home environment if the federal and provincial governments had agreed on who was responsible for payment. Jordan unfortunately passed away in hospital in 2005.

Jordan’s Principle is in place to ensure that no First Nations child goes through what Jordan did.

In 2016, our government took action to implement Jordan’s Principle, something that was not being done until then. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the Government of Canada must comply in implementing this principle, and our government is doing so. We are committed to working with all parties of the case before the Tribunal to work towards solutions out of court proceedings.

Local coordinators are now available in communities across Canada to help First Nations children access services under Jordan’s Principle. We also have Government of Canada staff in all regions who are dedicated full-time to implementing Jordan’s Principle. They work closely with the local coordinators to make sure all requests for services get processed as quickly as possible.

We are working with First Nations partners and communities, as well as provinces and territories, to build a better health care structure and funding model for First Nations children over the long-term. To help with services needed right away, a fund of $382.5 million has been set up under the “Jordan’s Principle: A Child-First Initiative” to cover health, social and education services from 2016 to 2019.

Since 2016, more than 99% of the requests received under Jordan’s Principle have been approved, totalling over 29,000 requests for services and supports. This includes mental health supports, medical equipment, speech therapy, educational supports, and more.

We have made significant progress to helping First Nations children access the services they need, but much more work still needs to be done. We will not rest until every First Nations child in Canada can access the services they need without delays and has true equality with all other Canadian children. There is no simple solution. We must continue to collaborate with our partners and remain focussed on keeping the best interests of First Nations children as our top priority.

If a First Nations child is not receiving the services and supports they need, families are encouraged to contact us at 1-800-567-9604.”

For more information, media may contact:

Andrew MacKendrick
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
819-956-5372

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada
819-953-1160

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Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers from across the country gather to discuss Human Rights

December 12, 2017 – Gatineau, QC – Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

For the first time in nearly 30 years, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for human rights met to discuss key priorities of FPT governments in relation to Canada’s international human rights obligations.

The meeting opened with a welcome from an Anishinabeg Elder from Kitigan Zibi.

Canada’s international human rights obligations

The meeting began with a presentation on Canada’s international role, its human rights treaty obligations and their importance to FPT governments.  Ministers heard how Canada’s implementation is monitored by international bodies and Ministers in attendance reaffirmed their commitment to human rights.

Canada’s accession to additional UN human rights treaties

Ministers discussed Canada’s possible accession to three United Nations’ (UN) treaties. Ministers reiterated their commitment to upholding the rights of persons with disabilities and agreed to complete their consideration of Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (OP-CRPD). They highlighted the importance of preventing mistreatment of detainees and committed to consider Canada becoming a party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OP-CAT). Ministers also agreed to pursue discussions on the possibility of Canada becoming a party to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED). This convention is aimed at preventing secret detention by the state and ensuring that no detained person is left unprotected.

Canada and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ministers discussed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). Ministers shared approaches to advancing human rights and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called on FPT governments to fully adopt and implement the UN Declaration as the framework for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. In May 2016, the Government of Canada announced unqualified support for the UN Declaration and a commitment to its full and effective implementation in accordance with the Canadian Constitution. Ministers agreed to ongoing intergovernmental discussions about the UN Declaration.

Strengthening intergovernmental collaboration and public dialogue on human rights

Ministers affirmed support for holding future FPT Human Rights Ministerial meetings. They agreed to enhance FPT collaboration through a senior level mechanism. They also agreed to modernize the mandate of the intergovernmental Continuing Committee of Officials on Human Rights.  This entails developing a protocol for following up on the recommendations that Canada receives from international human rights bodies and a stakeholder engagement strategy.

Strengthening Canada’s implementation of social and economic rights

Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights, and highlighted the importance of these rights.  Ministers agreed to promote human rights principles in developing social policy.

Key FPT human rights initiatives

Ministers shared information about some of their key human rights initiatives including policy, programs and legislation respecting children’s rights, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2, anti-racism, gender equality, criminal justice and corrections, education, and other matters.

Other priority items

On the occasion of this historic meeting, Ministers also heard from leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council, who shared their perspectives on human rights issues of importance to them.

Ministers met with a wide range of civil society and Indigenous representatives to hear their views on Canada’s human rights priorities.

They met with the Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Chair  of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) to discuss the role that commissions play in supporting implementation of Canada’s international human rights obligations.

Quotes

“I would like to thank all of the ministers responsible for human rights for being here. I leave here today knowing that everyone who participated is committed to enhancing and protecting human rights in Canada and to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in order to fulfill the promise of section 35 of our Constitution. I look forward to continuing these conversations at future meetings.”
Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“Human rights are central to our identity and success as a country. As Canadians, we must ensure that the protection of our human rights is ever-advancing. This meeting marks a key milestone for strengthening intergovernmental collaboration and public dialogue on human rights. We acknowledge and appreciate the perspectives and recommendations shared with us by national human rights institutions, civil society and Indigenous organizations, and we look forward to engaging with them, and with all Canadians, on the protection and promotion of these rights into the future.”
Mélanie Joly
Minister of Canadian Heritage

“On behalf of the Provinces and Territories, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for bringing us together to engage and share critical dialogue about our international and domestic human rights obligations. This meeting has started discussions around strategies, challenges and achievement in the advancement of human rights initiatives. I look forward to continued dialogue and communication with my federal, provincial and territorial colleagues, as we work on a collaborative intergovernmental effort to ensure a fair and just society for all.”

David Eby
Attorney General of British Columbia

Contacts

Kathleen Davis
Office of the Minister of Justice Canada
(613) 992-4621

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada
(613) 957-4207

Simon Ross, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
(819) 997-7722

Media Relations Office
Canadian Heritage
(819) 994-9101
1-866-569-6155
pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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Azimut and Partners continue to hit gold mineralization at Eleonore South, James Bay region, Quebec

December 12, 2017

Longueuil, Quebec – Azimut Exploration Inc. (“Azimut” or the “Company”) (TSXV: AZM) is pleased to announce the results of the first eighteen (18) holes (4,443 m) of the 8,000-metre 2017-2018 diamond drilling program on the Eleonore South JV Property. The Eleonore South Property is adjacent to the Eleonore Property hosting the major Eleonore gold mine owned and operated by Goldcorp.

Eleonore South continues to deliver very encouraging drilling results that complement the previously reported high-grade channel and grab samples (see press releases of October 17 and November 16, 2017). A new diamond drilling phase of 3,600 metres is scheduled for early next year to complete the program. It will follow up on drill results and test new high-grade targets (Moni Trend).

New Results Highlights (see attached Figures 1 to 5 and Table)

Hole ES17-74:           0.88 g/t Au over 21.0 m
Hole ES17-75:           0.94 g/t Au over 10.5 m
Hole ES17-77:           1.46 g/ Au over 45.5 m (including 23.1 g/t Au over 1.5 m) and 11.69 g/t Au over 1.5 m
Hole ES17-80:           1.11 g/t Au over 6.0 m and 6.13 g/t Au over 9.0 m (including 22.9 g/t Au over 1.5 m) Hole ES17-81: 5.93 g/t Au over 1.5 m
Hole ES17-85:           22.4 g/t Au over 1.2 m
Hole ES17-88:           1.53 g/t Au over 6.0 m 3.15 g/t Au over 24.0 m (including 13.5 g/t Au over 3.0 m and 19.3 g/t Au over 1.50 m)
Hole ES17-89:           1.04 g/t Au over 6.2 m
Hole ES17-90:           4.45 g/t Au over 4.5 m (including 12.35 g/t Au over 1.5 m and 1.04 g/t Au over 6.0 m)
Hole ES17-91:           1.17 g/t Au over 4.5 m

A significant feature of the project is that most of these gold-bearing sections are found within or near wide gold-bearing mineralized envelopes. These notably include:

Hole ES17-74:           0.45 g/t Au over 87.0 m
Hole ES17-75:           0.49 g/t Au over 63.0 m
Hole ES17-77:           0.53 g/t Au over 106.0 m
Hole ES17-80:           0.65 g/t Au over 147.5 m
Hole ES17-87:           0.49 g/t Au over 76.5 m
Hole ES17-89:           0.57 g/t Au over 19.5 m
Hole ES17-90:           0.49 g/t Au over 123.5 m
Hole ES17-91:           0.61 g/t Au over 15.0 m

Objectives of the Program

The drilling objectives are to: a) further assess the grade and geometric continuity of previous significant drill results within the tonalite intrusion; and b) continue drill testing the 4-kilometre by 500-metre corridor, particularly south of the JT Prospect where the intrusion-metasediment contact changes direction.

Key progress

  • Three (3) wide tonalite-hosted mineralized zones, with a minimum cumulative length of 400 metres, have been identified along a 1.4-kilometre northeast-southwest strike, close to the tonalite-metasediment contact. These zones may extend along strike and/or down dip (Figure 5).
  • In all three zones, high-grade intersections have been obtained, mostly related to quartz-biotite stockworks with arsenopyrite and native gold, but their extent and shapes remain undefined. Native gold has been identified in 15 holes over a total of 18 holes completed.
  • The tonalite-metasediment contact is generally shallow-dipping to the southeast (dip from 20o to 50o). This significantly expands the tonalite exploration potential at relatively shallow depths beneath the metasediments.
  • Where this shallow-dipping intrusive contact is overlain by metasediments, it suggests an un-eroded context that may correspond to the top of the intrusion, a geological setting considered highly prospective for intrusion-related mineralization.
  • At the scale of the intrusion, drilling along its southern limit has confirmed its gold potential over a distance of approximately 4 kilometres, from hole ES17-62 in the east to the JT Prospect in the west. The minimum footprint width of the tonalite-hosted gold-bearing system, from the high-grade Moni Prospect to the southern limit of the intrusion, is 500 metres.
  • Upcoming drilling programs will be optimized using: a) the recently completed high-definition heliborne magnetic survey that provided useful spatial correlations among mineralized zones; and b) detailed soil geochemistry, systematic prospecting and mechanical stripping.

Table 1 presents the significant gold assays for eighteen (18) holes (ES17-74 to ES17-91) from the current drilling phase. Drill hole locations are shown on Figures 2, 3 4 and 5.

From east to west, the most significant drilling results are summarized as follows:

  • Hole ES17-77 intersected 46 g/t Au over 45.5 m and 0.53 g/t Au over 106.0 m. This hole was drilled as a 50-metre down-dip step-out of hole ES17-60 (0.65 g/t Au over 144.0 m, including 1.89 g/t Au over 22.5 m). The mineralized facies are related to quartz-biotite veinlets hosted in strongly silicified tonalite with albite-actinolite alteration and up to 2% arsenopyrite. This very wide mineralized envelope (> 100 m true thickness) is open down dip and along strike. It is close to the tonalite-metasediment contact dipping 50o to the southeast.
  • Holes ES17-74, ES17-75, ES17-76 and ES17-79 were drilled to follow up on significant previous drilling results:

– Hole ES17-64: 3.04 g/t Au over 77.3 m including 4.9 g/t Au over 45.0 m;
– Hole ES16-51: 0.62 g/t Au over 79.1 m including 5.0 g/t Au over 4.0 m; and
– Hole ES16-55: 1.58 g/t Au over 12 m and 0.59 g/t Au over 28.5 m.

Two new holes returned the following significant gold intercepts:

– Hole ES17-74: 0.56 g/t Au over 54.0 m including 0.88 g/t Au over 21.0 m; and
– Hole ES17-75: 0.49 g/t Au over 63.0 m including 0.94 g/t Au over 10.5 m

These results suggest a subhorizontal gold-bearing lens 35 to 50 metres thickness. Within this envelope, higher grade sections of still undefined geometry correspond to strongly silicified tonalite with quartz-biotite stockwork, arsenopyrite and native gold.

  1. Holes ES17-80 and ES17-81 were drilled to follow up on results obtained in hole ES17-70 (61 g/t Au over 3.0 m). Based on visual observations during the program, holes ES17-87, ES17-88, ES17-89, ES17-90 and ES17-91 were added to further test the area. The best intercepts are:
  • Hole ES17-80: 65 g/t Au over 147.5 m including 1.11 g/t Au over 6.0 m, and 6.13 g/t Au over 9.0 m
  • Hole ES17-81: 93 g/t Au over 1.5 m
  • Hole ES17-87: 49 g/t Au over 76.5 m
  • Hole ES17-88: 53 g/t Au over 6.0 m and 3.15 g/t Au over 24.0 m
  • Hole ES17-89: 04 g/t Au over 6.2 m and 0.57 g/t Au over 19.5 m
  • Hole ES17-90: 49 g/t Au over 123.5 m including 4.45 g/t Au over 4.5 m
  • Hole ES17-91: 61 g/t Au over 15.0 m including 1.17 g/t Au over 4.5 m

This area displays strong similarities with the two zones described above. This tonalite-hosted gold-bearing envelope is roughly 45 to 100 metres thickness with a shallow dip to the southeast. The geometry of higher grade sections is still undefined. This prospective zone appears open laterally and down dip, below the tonalite-metasediment contact dipping 20o to the southeast.

  • Further west, hole ES17-85 returned 40 g/t Au over 1.2 m. This section is related to a sheared biotite schist (possible lamprophyre) with native gold.

Target types

Two main target types stand out within the tonalite intrusion:

  1. A high-grade gold-bearing quartz-feldspar pegmatitic vein system with native gold (“Moni-type”). The extent and geometry of this mineralized system remain largely undefined, but surface results at the Moni Prospect clearly indicate the potential for grade and geometric continuity. This target type will be thoroughly tested by drilling during the upcoming program.
  2. Kilometre-scale zones of considerable width characterized by quartz-albite-biotite stockworks or a network of quartz-albite veinlets of variable density, both accompanied by small amounts of sulphides (arsenopyrite, pyrite, pyrrhotite) and frequent native gold. This press release reports on drilling corresponding to this target type. Results warrant in-fill drilling and drilling along the strike of several well-defined target zones.

Both types are interpreted to be part of an extensive late-magmatic hydrothermal system related to the tonalite intrusion. In this geological environment, the surrounding metasediments may also constitute potential targets depending on favourable lithological and structural settings.

Drilling contract and analytical protocol

The drilling contract was awarded to Chibougamau Drilling Ltd based in Chibougamau, Quebec. The hole diameter is BTW.

Drill core samples were sent to ALS Minerals in Val-d’Or, Quebec. Gold was analyzed by fire assay with atomic absorption and gravimetric finish for grades above 3.0 g/t Au. Samples were also analyzed for a 48-element suite using ICP. Azimut applied industry-standard QA/QC procedures to the program. Certified reference materials, blanks and field duplicates were inserted in all drill core batches shipped to the laboratory.

About the Eleonore South Joint Venture Property

The Eleonore South Property is a three-way joint venture between Azimut, Eastmain Resources Inc. (TSX: ER) and Les Mines Opinaca Ltée (“Opinaca”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G; NYSE: GG). Ownership in the Property is as follows: Azimut 26.6%, Eastmain 36.7% and Goldcorp 36.7%.

The 2017-2018 program is operated by Azimut under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Marc Lulin and the field direction of François Bissonnette, both professional geologists and qualified persons under National Instrument 43-101. This press release was prepared by Jean-Marc Lulin, acting as Azimut’s qualified person.

About Azimut Exploration

Azimut is a mineral exploration company whose core business is centred on target generation and concurrent partnership development. Targeting is performed using a pioneering proprietary approach to Big Data analytics, enhanced by extensive exploration know-how.

Azimut holds a strategic position for gold and base metals in Quebec, including one of the largest exploration portfolios in the James Bay region (21 properties covering 4,135 claims or 2,116 km2).

The Company maintains rigorous financial discipline. It has 45.4 million shares outstanding. Azimut’s 2017 exploration budget is $6.3 million, 77% of which is funded by partners.

Contact and Information

Jean-Marc Lulin, President and CEO
Tel.: (450) 646-3015 – Fax: (450) 646-3045
info@azimut-exploration.com
www.azimut-exploration.com

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Nouveau Monde Publishes a Pre-feasibility Study Technical Report Concerning its Matawinie Graphite Property and Makes Key Technical Team Hires

SAINT-MICHEL-DES-SAINTS, QUEBEC–(Dec. 12, 2017) – Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (“Nouveau Monde”) (TSX VENTURE:NOU)(OTCQB:NMGRF)(FRANKFURT:NM9) is pleased to announce the publication of a technical report for the Pre-feasibility Study (“PFS”) covering the West Zone of the Tony Claim Block, part of its Matawinie graphite Property. The report, completed in accordance with National Instrument (NI) 43-101, details the PFS results announced in the press release dated October 25, 2017. The complete PFS report titled “43-101 TECHNICAL PRE-FEASIBILITY STUDY REPORT FOR THE MATAWINIE GRAPHITE PROJECT”, dated December 8, 2017, is available on SEDAR, as well as on the company’s website through this link:https://nouveaumonde.ca/wp-content/uploads/I01790-PFS-43101-SEDAR.pdf

New Appointments to Technical Team

Furthermore, Nouveau Monde wishes to announce the appointment of three professionals to its technical team. Those individuals will conduct and support the upcoming feasibility study and other work related to the mining process and value-added graphite product research as well as the construction and operation of the demonstration plant (for further details, see Press Release dated December 4, 2017).

Nouveau Monde has appointed Mr. Pierre Terreault, P.Eng., MPM., as Principal Director. Mr. Terreault has more than thirty-six years of experience. He is a graduate mining engineer from the Montreal École Polytechnique and also holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management (MGP). He has worked with various operating companies such as Osisko Mining, Norda Stelo, Strateco Resources, Goldcorp, and Wesdome to name a few, and his experience encompasses mine engineering, mine operations and production, preparation of feasibility studies and new mine development as well as managing project budgets, and the permitting processes. As Principal Director, Mr. Terreault’s main responsibilities will be to plan and manage the work related for the upcoming Feasibility study, spearhead the environmental and social impact study as well as manage construction of the pilot plant.

Nouveau Monde Graphite is also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Martin Brassard as Research and Development Director. Mr. Brassard has a PhD in chemical engineering and a M.Sc. in chemistry. He brings more than 15 years of experience in research and development acquired in the metallurgical and pharmaceutical sectors. Mr. Brassard will be responsible for the coordination of research and development activities at Nouveau Monde. His broad area of expertise in hydro, electro and pyrometallurgical processes will be an asset for Nouveau Monde Graphite in the development of value added graphite products.

Finally, Nouveau Monde has appointed Mr. Eric Forget to the position of Process and Metallurgy Director. Mr. Forget graduated from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal as a Materials Science Engineer with a specialization in metallurgical processes. Prior joining Nouveau Monde, Mr. Forget worked in the semiconductor industry as a process Engineer and, for the last nine years, he was a consultant for BBA, focused on mining sector projects. While at BBA he lead various greenfield mine studies (iron, gold, lithium, etc.) as well as the detailed engineering of existing plants. In his new position with Nouveau Monde, Mr. Forget will be responsible for the demonstration plant’s detailed engineering, construction, commissioning and operation. Mr. Forget will focus on the commercial process and plant design at every stage of its development for the next two years. Mr. Forget will also work closely with the Task Force studying a net zero carbon emission mining project.

About Nouveau Monde Graphite

In 2015, Nouveau Monde discovered a graphite deposit on its Tony claim block, part of its fully owned Matawanie graphite property. This discovery recently gave rise to the publication of results from a Pre-feasibility Study (PFS), released on October 25, 2017 by Nouveau Monde. This PFS demonstrated strong economics with a planned production of 52,000 tpy of high purity flake graphite concentrate, and a mine life of 27 years. The Probable Mineral Reserves, identified over the West Zone of the Tony Block totals 33.0 Mt grading 4.39 % Cg. These Reserves are prepared in accordance with Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Definitions Standards for mineral resources in concordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. The Matawinie graphite project is located in the municipality of Saint-Michel-des-Saints, approximately 150 km north of Montreal. It benefits from direct access to a workforce and the appropriate infrastructure to operate, including abundant and renewable hydroelectric resources. Nouveau Monde’s team members are developing this project with the outmost respect for the neighboring communities, while targeting a low environmental impact footprint.

The technical information in this news release was prepared by Antoine Cloutier, P. Geo and chief geologist for Nouveau Monde. Mr. Cloutier is a Qualified Persons under National Instrument 43-101.

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Explor Closes a First Tranche of a Private Placement in Common and Flow-Through Shares

Rouyn-Noranda, Canada, December 11, 2017 – Explor Resources Inc . (TSX-V: EXS, OTCQB: EXSFF, FSE & BE: E1H1) (“Explor” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has closed a first tranche of a non-brokered private placement of a maximum of 7,142,857 common shares and/or flow-through shares at a price of $0.07 each, for total gross proceeds of up to CDN $500,000. Each common and flow-through share is accompanied of one-half of a share purchase warrant, one whole warrant and $0.10 being required for the acquisition of one common share of the Corporation at the latest 24 months from each closing (the “Private Placement”).

The first tranche of the Private Placement closed today consists in the sale of 471,429 common shares, of 4,242,857 flow-through shares and the issuance of 2,357,143 warrants. This represents an aggregate subscription of $330,000, out of which $297,000 will have to be incurred by the Corporation in exploration expenditures on mining properties located in the province of Québec. There are no finder’s fees payable for the securities issued upon this first closing.

The securities issued pursuant to the first closing of the Private Placement are subject to a hold period of four months and a day ending April 12, 2018.

The Private Placement is subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Explor Resources Inc. is a publicly listed company trading on the TSX Venture (EXS), on the OTCQB (EXSFF) and on the Frankfurt and Berlin Stock Exchanges (E1H1).

This press release was prepared by Explor. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the Policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

About Explor Resources Inc.

Explor Resources Inc. is a Canadian- based natural resources company with mineral holdings in Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Explor is currently focused on exploration in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. The belt is found in both provinces of Ontario and Québec with approximately 33% in Ontario and 67% in Québec. The Belt has produced in excess of 180,000,000 ounces of gold and 450,000,000 tonnes of cu-zn ore over the last 100 years. The Corporation was continued under the laws of Alberta in 1986 and has had its main office in Québec since 2006.

Explor Resources Flagship project is the Timmins Porcupine West (TPW) Project located in the Porcupine mining camp, in the Province of Ontario. The TPW mineral resource (Press Release dated August 27, 2013) includes the following:

Open Pit Mineral Resources at a 0.30 g/t Au cut-off grade are as follows:

Indicated: 213,000 oz (4,283,000 tonnes at 1.55 g/t Au)
Inferred: 77,000 oz (1,140,000 tonnes at 2.09 g/t Au)

Underground Mineral Resources at a 1.70 g/t Au cut-off grade are as follows:

Indicated:       396,000 oz (4,420,000 tonnes at 2.79 g/t Au)

Inferred:         393,000 oz (5,185,000 tonnes at 2.36 g/t Au)

This document may contain forward-looking statements relating to Explor’s operations or to the environment in which it operates. Such statements are based on operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and may be beyond Explor’s control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements, including those set forth in other public filling. In addition, such statements relate to the date on which they are made. Consequently, undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements. Explor disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, save and except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

For further information please contact:

Christian Dupont, President

Tel: 888-997-4630 or 819-797-4630

Fax: 819-797-1870

Website: www.explorresources.com

Email: info@explorresources.com

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Canada, Ontario and Métis Nation of Ontario sign Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation

December 11, 2017 Ottawa, Ontario Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Métis Nation of Ontario

The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario are committed to working together to foster reconciliation and build stronger relationships through a co-operative and respectful dialogue.

The parties have achieved a major milestone in their important joint work today with the signing of a historic Framework Agreement. Under the Framework Agreement, Canada, Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario will begin negotiations toward shared and balanced solutions that advance reconciliation and enhance the well-being of Métis Nation of Ontario citizens.

The Framework Agreement will establish a process for discussions about developing a government-to-government relationship between the Crown and the Métis Nation of Ontario. It also identifies areas of mutual interest and key topics for future negotiations, such as Métis self-government, health, housing, education, and a tripartite consultation protocol.

Quotes

“Today we are taking a key step forward, along with the Ontario government, in our shared journey toward reconciliation with the Métis Nation of Ontario. We are setting the stage to renew the government-to-government relationship through a co-operative dialogue that will help end the status quo and build a brighter future for the Métis people of Ontario.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

“Today, Ontario joined Canada and the Métis Nation of Ontario in signing a tripartite Framework Agreement that will become a building block for how we work together. Ontario welcomes federal leadership in advancing reconciliation with Métis and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario.”

David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Ontario

“As the home of the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision on Métis rights in R. v. Powley, the signing of this Framework Agreement has special significance for the Métis Nation of Ontario. This agreement sets out a new path forward where Métis self-government, rights and outstanding claims can be addressed through negotiations—not just through the courts. This is truly an exciting day for our citizens and Métis communities here in Ontario.”

Margaret Froh
President, Métis Nation of Ontario

“The signing of today’s tripartite Framework Agreement is an exciting step in advancing reconciliation with the Métis Nation of Ontario. Ontario looks forward to building an even stronger relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario and working together with the federal government.”

Sophie Kiwala, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Ontario

Quick Facts

  • On February 3, 2017, Canada and the Métis Nation of Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Reconciliation.
  • This set the stage for exploratory discussions with a view to identifying a mutually acceptable path to advance reconciliation between the Crown and Métis in
    Ontario as represented by the Métis Nation of Ontario, in which the Government of Ontario was invited to participate. These discussions led to today’s signing of the Framework Agreement by the three parties.
  • In 2016-17, the Métis Nation of Ontario undertook province-wide consultations with its citizens and communities through the Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government that will inform the negotiations.
  • The rights and interests of third parties, other Indigenous peoples and all Canadians will be respected and addressed during the negotiations.

Associated Links

Contacts

Sabrina Williams
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
613-697-8316

Media Relations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
819-953-1160

Antoine Tedesco
Minister Zimmer’s Office
Antoine.Tedesco@ontario.ca
416-314-2617

Flavia Mussio
Media Contact
Flavia.Mussio@ontario.ca
416-314-9455

Mike Fedyk
Director of Communications
Métis Nation of Ontario
613-798-1488

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NATIONAL CHIEF BULLETIN – AFN-Canada Memorandum of Understanding Meeting on Joint Priorities and UN Declaration Update

NATIONAL CHIEF BULLETIN – AFN-Canada Memorandum of Understanding Meeting on Joint Priorities and UN Declaration Update

On November 20th, a delegation that included members of the AFN Executive, First Nations Chiefs, regional leadership, Elders and myself met with federal cabinet ministers to discuss joint priorities. This meeting occurred under the AFN-Canada MOU on Joint Priorities, which calls for three meetings a year to assess progress on our shared priorities and confirm directions forward. These meetings provide an important opportunity to engage with the most senior federal ministers for open and constructive dialogue and to assess progress, identify obstacles and seek ways to advance our priorities.

The agenda, consistent with the MOU, included:

  • The work towards a co-developed Indigenous Languages Act;
  • Working in partnership on measures to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including legislation to support implementation and co-developing a National Action Plan;
  • Priorities for a joint policy review including the Comprehensive Claims Policy, Inherent Right Policy, Additions-to-Reserve Policy and Specific Claims Policy;
  • Action on the TRC Calls to Action;
  • Identifying priorities and measuring progress to close the socio-economic gap between First Nations and other Canadians, with a focus on First Nations education, First Nations child welfare, First Nations housing, water and infrastructure, and First Nations emergency management;
  • Joint work towards New Fiscal Relationships;
  • First Nations Policing and community safety issues affecting First Nations;

It was a productive meeting with the AFN setting out our positions consistent with AFN resolutions and direction from First Nations across the country. Some highlights and key information:

Algonquin Elder Claudette Commanda opened the meeting with a prayer and welcomed us to their territory. AFN Elders Council Chair Elmer Courchene provided opening remarks as well, urging action for future generations by all those present at the meeting. I thank the Elders for their wisdom and guidance.

As Co-chair of the meeting with the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, I identified our priorities and the need for immediate action and, where legislation is concerned, the need to get this done before the next election federal in October 2019.

On Languages, Heritage Minister Joly said Canada re-iterated Canada’s commitment to work with First Nations to co-develop content of legislation to support First Nations objectives to revitalize and recover our languages.

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould spoke to work in her area on rights recognition. We impressed the importance of moving beyond policies and laws aimed at denial of our rights and towards recognition, implementation and enforcement of our rights, Treaties, title and jurisdiction. She stated First Nations must rightfully determine what will help advance self-determination, and said the government must get its house in order, as indicated by the recent INAC split, the full endorsement of the UN Declaration and the 10 guiding principles she gave to government departments.

The Justice Minister outlined four goals: set standards of conduct on recognition of rights which would include educating officials and guiding them through any new legislation or policy; align laws with the UN Declaration; establish mechanisms to support self-determination; establish mechanisms for accountability and transparency for the relationship.

Minister Wilson Raybould also spoke to the law and policy review, with myself and others clearly stating that First Nations must be directly involved in this work.

On implementation of the UN Declaration, the Minister indicated support for NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s Bill 262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She announced later that the Liberals would support the bill (see the next section).

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Bennett spoke to the TRC and said that two-thirds of the Calls to Action are moving forward, and that an Interim Council will soon be announced to fulfill four of the Calls to Action. She agrees with the need for joint work.

First Nations leadership took the opportunity to identify areas for investment throughout the discussions, especially important given that Finance Minister Morneau was at the meeting. The Finance Minister said the timing for the meeting was right because the government has started the federal budgeting process for 2018. He committed to working together with First Nations.

First Nations policing was a substantive topic for discussions with Public Safety Minister Goodale. Many participants spoke strongly of the need to strengthen and expand the programs to put them at par with other police services in the country in terms of salaries, equipment, technology and resources, and to recognize them as an essential service. Minister Goodale acknowledged that the program has not changed since it was first introduced in 1996 and that the budget hasn’t increased since 1999. First Nations emphasized the urgency for action given many agreements end in March 2018. The Minister stated he is aware of this. He is meeting with various parties and referenced the AFN resolution supporting First Nations policing. Minister Goodale said there are two key principles: the need for more resources, as noted; and the need to evolve from a temporary program that expires every few years to one that continues and is seen as an essential service.

On the urgent issue of closing the social and economic gap, Indigenous Services Minister Philpott said this can be addressed through rights recognition and respect, and meeting the minimum standards in the UN Declaration. She committed to attending our upcoming SCA in December to speak more on these matters. AFN Saskatchewan Regional Chief Cameron took the opportunity to inform those present that the work underway on First Nations education is and always will be based on protecting and upholding First Nations jurisdiction and Treaty rights, including our rights to education.

These are some of the key pieces of information from the meeting that I want to share with you. We can provide more information, and I encourage you to contact your Regional Chief or regional representative at the meeting for further information. The proposed date for the next meeting is March 21, 2018.

Justice Minister Announces Government Support for Bill C-262 to Implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Following our meeting on November 21, Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that the government will support Bill C-262, a Private Member’s Bill put forward by NDP MP Romeo Saganash. Bill C-262 seeks to ensure all Canadians laws are consistent with the UN Declaration and requires the federal government to create an action plan to implement the Declaration. The AFN Executive Committee has informed the Justice Minister many times that we support this bill and the path it provides for implementing the UN Declaration.

The bill will go through the government’s legislative process, which means First Nations will have the opportunity to provide input and comment on the Bill. I want to acknowledge and lift up MP Romeo Saganash for his determination, perseverance and strong stand for our peoples and our rights.

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