Mar 27, 2012
Spanish Mountain Gold and Soda Creek Indian Band Announce Signing of Protocol Agreement for Spanish Mountain Project
Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. ("SMG") (TSX VENTURE: SPA) is pleased to announce the signing of a Protocol Agreement (the "Agreement") with Soda Creek Indian Band ("Xat'sūll"). The Agreement addresses the involvement of Xat'sūll during the environmental assessment and permitting review process in relation to the development of SMG's Spanish Mountain Gold Project (the "Project") located near Likely, British Columbia.
Under the Agreement, SMG recognizes and respects Xat'sūll's asserted aboriginal rights and title in the area of the Spanish Mountain gold project and the Xat'sūll recognizes and respects SMG's rights and interests in the exploration and development of the Project. The Agreement also reflects a commitment by both SMG and Xat'sūll for continued engagement in a respectful and collaborative manner.
The Agreement provides capacity support to Xat'sūll for its ongoing involvement in the Project as well as training, employment, and business opportunities. Additionally, the parties have committed to negotiate a more detailed agreement regarding the impacts and benefits associated with the construction, operation and reclamation of a large scale mine development.
Xat'sūll Chief Bev Sellars states:
"We appreciate the respectful and candid manner in which Brian Groves and Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. have dealt with our community. This agreement gives us the opportunity to have an impact on the environmental assessment process and the construction, operation and reclamation of the mine, should the project proceed to development."
Brian Groves, President and CEO of SMG remarks:
"We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with Xat'sūll. Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. views the building and maintaining of strong functional relationships as a priority with those First Nations in whose Traditional Territories we operate. This Agreement formalizes our emerging relationship with Xat'sūll and provides a strong framework for open communication, consultation and discussion at each stage of the ongoing development of the Spanish Mountain Project. We are also pleased that this agreement is comparable to the one reached between Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. and the Williams Lake Indian Band, the signing of which was announced last year."
The Company wishes to acknowledge the support of Catana Consulting, a Vancouver-based consultancy specializing in First Nation engagement activities, whose assistance was instrumental in the successful completion of this Protocol Agreement.
About Spanish Mountain Gold
Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. is focused on the responsible development of its flagship Spanish Mountain gold project in southern central British Columbia, Canada. The Company has a strong cash position with no debt and owns 100% of four gold properties located in British Columbia. Additional information about the Company is available on its website: www.spanishmountaingold.com
On Behalf of the Board,
SPANISH MOUNTAIN GOLD LTD
President and CEO
Proconsul Capital Ltd.
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