Red Pine signs MOU with Michipicoten First Nation
Red Pine Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: RPX) ("Red Pine" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Michipicoten First Nation. The MOU outlines a clear and mutually agreed upon process for consultation between the parties during the exploration phase of Red Pine’s program. Red Pine is carrying out exploration work on its Wawa Gold Project located near the Town of Wawa, approximately 220 km north of Sault Ste. Marie, in northeastern Ontario. The Wawa Gold Project consists of fee simple lands and mining claims that are located in the Michipicoten First Nation (“MFN”) Territory.
The MFN is a signatory of the 1850 Robinson-Superior Treaty and an aboriginal people within the meaning of Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and as such, asserts aboriginal and treaty rights within the area.
Quentin Yarie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Pine stated, “The Company, and its predecessors, have always maintained a good working relationship with MFN. This MOU formalizes the consultation process regarding the development of the Wawa Gold Project, and enables MFN to understand the potential impacts of the development of the Project on the exercise of aboriginal and treaty rights.
We want to continue to foster a mutually beneficial working relationship, founded on principles of trust, respect and understanding as we continue to advance the Project. It has been a pleasure to work with the representatives of MFN on the MOU. MFN has been considerate and understanding through the whole process and Red Pine does not envision anything different as we move towards more intensive exploration and development considerations in the future.”