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Yellowknives Dene First Nation And Avalon Announce A Historic Joint Celebration Of The Grand Opening Of Chief Drygeese Government Building And Conference Center And The Rare Earth Project Naming Ceremony

by NationTalk on September 17, 2009989 Views

On September 21st, 2009 the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) will host a ceremony to jointly celebrate the grand opening of the Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Centre in Dettah, NWT and the naming of Avalon Rare Metals’ (Avalon) rare earth elements project at Thor Lake, Northwest Territories (NWT).The theme of the joint ceremony is “Open for Business”. It celebrates the success to date of empowering communities, developing capacity, leveraging benefits, and protecting culture and community.

The Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Center is the first successful project under the GNWT’s “New Deal”, a program in which the YKDFN government received the funds and managed the construction of its own building on budget. Together with the Deton Cho Training and Conference Centre, YKDFN is working to attract meeting, conference and mine training opportunities.

The Avalon Thor Lake project naming ceremony represents the first time, that we are aware of, a mineral project has been given an Aboriginal name by a First Nation. In effect, the First Nation is lending the name to the project for the life of the operation. The YKDFN is proud to be advancing economic development opportunities for its members and communities, in association with the development of a mine for the technology metals required for the green energy economy.

Donald S. Bubar, President and CEO of Avalon commented, “We are honoured that the Yellowknives Dene First Nation has lent us their name that evokes a strong sense of the land. We will continue to strive to live up to the expectations this honour places on us.” The Chiefs have generously agreed to invite any Avalon shareholders in the Yellowknife area that would like to attend the ceremony. Transportation will be provided from Yellowknife to Dettah, NWT.

Buses will leave Yellowknife at 5:00 pm, Monday September 21, 2009. Return buses will run from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The ceremony will include an Elder’s prayer, a blessing of the new building, feeding the fire, comments by Chiefs, Don Bubar and visiting dignitaries, passing the name, feast, drum dancing in which you are invited to join in, hand games demonstration and an arts and crafts display.

Please contact Pat Thagard at bts[at] or 867.445.7205 for a written invitation. There are a limited number of spaces available. We will accommodate as many as possible.

About The Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN)

The traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation extends north of Great Slave Lake, to the east of the Thelon region, and north to the Coppermine River. The Yellowknives Dene First Nation has 1,300 members and includes the communities of Dettah and Ndilo.

The Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Centre, overlooks the picturesque shores of Great Slave Lake, and was built on budget by Yellowknives Dene First Nation as their first successful project under the “New Deal” in a partnership with MACA funded by Infrastructure Canada’s Building Canada Plan. A short drive from Yellowknife’s services and airport, these modern facilities, together with the Deton Cho Training and Conference Centre, are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of training, conference and meeting organizers.

The Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Centre was named in honour of the leadership that initiated the treaty relationship with Canada. In 1900 the Yellowknives Dene First Nation signed Treaty 8 and are currently pursuing treaty implementation with Canada through the Akaitcho process.

About Avalon Rare Metals Inc. (TSX:AVL, OTCQX:AVARF)

Avalon Rare Metals Inc. is a mineral exploration and development company focused on rare metals deposits in Canada. Its flagship project, the 100%- owned Lake Zone Deposit, Thor Lake, NWT, is emerging as one of the largest undeveloped rare earth elements resources in the world. Its exceptional enrichment in the more valuable ‘heavy’ rare earth elements, which are key to enabling advances in green energy technology and other growing high-tech applications, is one of the few potential sources of these critical elements outside of China, currently the source of 95% of world supply. The Company is well funded, has no debt and its work programs are unaffected by market volatility. Social responsibility and environmental stewardship are corporate cornerstones.

To find out more about Avalon Rare Metals Inc., please visit our website at For questions and feedback, please e-mail the Company at office[at] or phone Virginia Morgan at 416.364.4938. For general discussion and commentary on the rare metals, please visit

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Tracy Weslosky & Fred Cowans
Managing Partners
Pro-edge Consultants Inc.
Tel: 416.581.0177
Toll Free: 1.866.544.9622

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