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Rare earth minerals key factor for Dene economic growth –

by ahnationtalk on September 22, 202250 Views

Magnets processed from rare earth minerals are used in electric vehicles.

September 22, 2022

SASKATOON — Yellowknives Dene First Nation Chief Edward Sangris welcomes the potential for growth of the rare earth mining sector, benefiting not only their local government but the entire country as well.

Sangris and Wawzonek were among those who spoke during the 2022 Rare Earth Summit held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, where representatives from Australia, Germany, Norway and the United States joined their Canadian counterparts.

Sangris, the Dettah Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, congratulated the Rare Earth Extraction Plant being built by Vital Metals Ltd. They are in partnership with the Saskatchewan Research Council which has world-class rare earth processing, separation and metals facilities.

Last month, SRC unveiled the first batch of rare earth minerals ingots that were produced in Canada, near the SRC’s processing facility that is targeted to be fully operational in 2024. The facility is now being constructed with the help of Cheetah Resources, a VML company.

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