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Mining company breached business agreement, says Deninu K’ue First Nation – Northern News Services

Deninu K’ue First Nation says the mining company leading the long-awaited Nechalacho rare earths project breached its agreement with the First Nation by signing a deal with a private partner, who went on to bring in a Yellowknives Dene First Nation-owned construction firm to oversee future operations at the site.

Deninu K’ue First Nation (DKFN), situated in Fort Resolution, signed an “accommodation agreement” with Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. in 2012. Avalon has been planning the development of the territory’s first and only rare earths mine at Thor Lake, 100 kilometres southeast of Yellowknife, since the mid-2000s.

Under the agreement, business and employment opportunities were to be provided to DKFN members, and measures were included in the agreement to “mitigate environmental and cultural impacts,” that could arise from the project’s development, stated a June 2012 news release from Avalon.

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