Northern Shield Resources Identifies Platinum and Nickel Minerals in Sediment Sample from Highbank Lake

    OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Northern Shield Resources Inc. ("Northern
Shield") (TSX-V: NRN) is pleased to announce that a small grain of sperrylite
(a platinum mineral) has been identified in a heavy mineral concentrate from a
sediment sample previously collected at Northern Shield's Highbank Lake
property. A grain of pentlandite (nickel sulphide) was also identified in
another sample taken within 400 meters of where the platinum mineral was
    Geochemical studies carried out on core samples from last years' drill
programs provided important new information about the layout of the intrusion
and the results are being used to delineate new targets with good potential
for reef-style PGE mineralization. The geochemical studies were conducted by
Northern Shield. with the assistance of Dr. Wolfgang Maier of University of
Western Australia, a world-renown specialist in the Bushveld and other PGE
deposits. The location of the samples containing the sperrylite and
pentlandite grains coincides with one of the areas suggested by Dr. Maier as
being most prospective for PGE mineralization at Highbank Lake.
    Northern Shield is in the process of selecting drill targets, to be
discussed with Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, for a third drill program at
Highbank Lake planned for this summer.
    The heavy mineral concentrates from the sediment samples were prepared by
Overburden Drilling Management Ltd. of Ottawa and analysed by scanning
electron microscope (SEM) at Carleton University in Ottawa by Dr. Richard
    The Highbank Lake project is being supervised by Christine Vaillancourt,
Northern Shield's Chief Geologist and, a Qualified Person under National
Instrument 43-101.
    The Highbank Lake property covers a recently discovered layered
intrusion, which extends for approximately 500 square kilometers, and is being
explored for reef-hosted PGE and chromium, and contact-type PGE
mineralization. Impala Platinum Holdings Limited of South Africa, the world's
second largest platinum producer, entered into an option agreement with
Northern Shield pursuant to which Impala has the option of incrementally
earning a 60% interest in the PGE and PGE by-products of the property by
incurring $5 million in exploration expenditures on the property within five
years. Impala has already earned a 20% interest in the Highbank Lake project
by incurring $1 million of exploration expenditures.

    Forward-Looking Statements Advisory

    This news release contains statements concerning the potential for PGE
mineralization at Highbank Lake, the plans for a third drill program at
Highbank Lake and other expectations, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions,
information or statements about future events, conditions, results of
operations or performance that may constitute forward-looking statements or
information under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking
statements or information are based on a number of assumptions which may prove
to be incorrect.
    Although Northern Shield believes that the expectations reflected in such
forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance
should not be placed on forward-looking statements because Northern Shield can
give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Forward-looking statements or information are based on current expectations,
estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties
which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated
by Northern Shield and described in the forward-looking statements or
information These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to
geological geophysical, and geochemical interpretation, the ability of
Northern Shield to obtain equipment, supplies and qualified personnel
necessary to carry on a third drill program at Highbank Lake and the general
risks and uncertainties involved in mineral exploration.
    The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news
release are made as of the date hereof and Northern Shield undertakes no
obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or
information, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

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For further information:

For further information: Ian Bliss, President and CEO, Northern Shield
Resources Inc., (613) 232-0459, Fax: (613) 232-0760,

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