CanAlaska closes first tranche of private placement

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (TSX.V - CVV, OTCBB -
CVVUF, Frankfurt - DH7) ("CanAlaska" or the "Company") is pleased to announce
that it has closed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement
previously announced in its news release of July 23, 2009, and has issued a
total of 4,411,764 units at $0.17/unit ("Unit") for gross proceeds of
$750,000. Of the 4,411,764 Units issued, 2,941,175 ($500,000) were issued to
the MineralFields Group.
    In connection with this closing, the Company has paid an aggregate of
$37,500 in cash and issued an aggregate of 220,587 compensation options, as
finders' fees. Each compensation option entitled the holder thereof to acquire
one Unit at a price of $0.17/Unit for a period of 24 months.
    All securities issued pursuant to this private placement are subject to a
Canadian hold period expiring December 15, 2009.
    The proceeds from this private placement will be applied towards ongoing
uranium exploration at the Company's projects, including additional drilling
at the Fond Du Lac project.

    About CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. --

is undertaking uranium exploration in twenty 100%-owned and two optioned
uranium projects in Canada's Athabasca Basin. Since September 2004, the
Company has aggressively acquired one of the largest land positions in the
region, comprising over 2,500,000 acres (10,117 sq. km or 3,906 sq. miles).
To-date, CanAlaska has expended over Cdn$50 million exploring its properties
and has delineated multiple uranium targets. The Company's geological
expertise and high exploration profile has attracted the attention of major
international strategic partners. Among others, Mitsubishi Development Pty
Ltd, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation, has
undertaken to provide CanAlaska C$10 mil. in exploration funding for its West
McArthur Project. Exploration of CanAlaska's Cree East Project is also
progressing under a C$19 mil. joint venture with a consortium of Korean
companies led by Hanwha Corporation, and comprising Korea Electric Power
Corp., Korea Resources Corp. and SK Energy Co, Ltd. A Memorandum of
Understanding has also recently been executed with mining partner East
Resources Inc. to commence exploration on the Poplar Project comprising a
potential 100,000 metres of drill testing. In addition, Kodiak Exploration has
also optioned the McTavish Project to advance exploration with the goal of
attaining a 60% project interest earn-in by delineating a minimum of 35
million pounds U(3)O8.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors


    Peter Dasler, M.Sc., P.Geo.
    President & CEO, CanAlaska Uranium Ltd.

    The TSX Venture has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for
the adequacy or accuracy of this release: CUSIP No. 13708P 10 2. This news
release contains certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of
Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are
forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There
can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed in the Company's
documents filed from time to time with the British Columbia Securities
Commission and the United States Securities & Exchange Commission.

For further information:

For further information: Emil Fung, Director & V.P. - Corp. Dev., Tel:
(604) 688-3211, Email:

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