Avalon to Team-Up with First Nation to Develop Lithium Battery Materials Refinery

Avalon Advanced Materials Inc of Toronto, ON has entered into a Letter of Intent with Fort William First Nation (FWFN) to collaborate on the development of a lithium battery materials refinery located on industrial lands owned by FWFN in Thunder Bay, ON.

The facility would be designed to accept lithium mineral concentrates from Avalon’s Separation Rapids lithium project, north of Kenora, ON, and Rock Tech’s Georgia Lake lithium project and, potentially, other emerging projects in Northern Ontario, to produce lithium hydroxide and other lithium battery materials.

Don Bubar, Avalon’s CEO, commented, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to create a new precedent for collaboration with Indigenous Business toward establishing a lithium battery materials supply chain in Northern Ontario. I share FWFN Chief Peter Collins’ vision for how this operation can inspire other Indigenous Businesses to become future suppliers of lithium mineral concentrates for the refinery and how FWFN can become the Hub of the North for all First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario.”

Volume 35, Issue 07

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