NORTHERN BC – Defense Metals Corp. (TSXV: DEFN) (OTCQB: DFMTF) (FSE: 35D) announced it has entered into a Mineral Exploration Agreement with the McLeod Lake Indian Band regarding its Wicheeda Rare Earth Element (“REE”) exploration project located 80 kilometres northeast of Prince George, Canada.
The Agreement addresses the immediate interests of the parties with respect to mineral exploration activities related to the project, and puts into place a framework for communication and cooperation going forward. In addition to providing McLeod Lake Indian Band with meaningful input into how these activities are to proceed, the Agreement provides current economic opportunities for the community and establishes a roadmap for potential future commercial involvement as the exploration activities advance.
“We are delighted to have the McLeod Lake Indian Band engaged with Defense Metals and the opportunities presented by the Wicheeda exploration project,” said Craig Taylor, CEO of Defense. “We look forward to building a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with the McLeod Lake Indian Band through the implementation of this initial agreement.”
“McLeod Lake Indian Band has always been open to working with companies that respect our rights, laws and interests in the protection of our lands, and that provide meaningful economic and commercial opportunities for our community,” said Chief Harley Chingee. “We are therefore pleased to have completed this initial agreement with Defense Metals, and look forward to its successful implementation.”
McLeod Lake Indian Band is part of the Tse’khene group of Aboriginal peoples. The main community of McLeod Lake Indian Band is located near the unincorporated village of McLeod Lake, approximately 150 kilometers north of Prince George.