Confirmation of near surface, high-grade nickel + copper + cobalt ± precious metals sulphide mineralization at the Maniitsoq Impact Structure

Vancouver, B.C. – January 15, 2013 North American Nickel Inc. (TSX VENTURE: NAN) (OTCBB: WSCRF) (CUSIP: 65704T 108) North American Nickel ("NAN") is pleased to provide a summary of results from its 2012 drill program at Maniitsoq. The project was initiated in 2011 and this was NAN’s first drill program. The positive results confirm the economic significance of the project and demonstrate the effectiveness of helicopter and borehole geophysics at locating nickel sulphide mineralization in the project area.

Significant results were reported as they became available during late 2012. This release provides more technical detail on the drill holes, including drill collar locations, and several new drill related figures (attached) incorporating all drill data now available.


                 -  High-grade, multi-element intersections over significant intervals were made in three holes at two of the three locations drilled in  2012 (anomalous mineralization was intersected at the third location):

MQ-12-001 (Imiak Hill)

                26.98 m @ 0.98% Ni, 0.44% Cu and 0.04% Co

                                Incl. 16.64 m @ 1.36% Ni, 0.52% Cu and 0.05% Co

Incl.   5.12 m @ 2.20% Ni, 0.55% Cu, 0.07% Co

MQ-12-002 (Imiak Hill)

                66.08 m @ 0.55% Ni, 0.20% Cu and 0.02% Co

                                Incl. 5.15 m @ 1.22%Ni, 0.49% Cu and 0.04% Co

Incl. 14.18 m @1.33% Ni, 0.38% Cu and 0.04% Co

MQ-12-005 (Spotty Hill):

                123.94 m @ 0.81% Ni, 0.21% Cu, 0.03% Co and 0.26 g/t Pt+Pd+Au

                                Incl. 24.20 m @ 1.75% Ni, 0.34% Cu, 0.06% Co and 0.52 g/t Pt+Pd+Au

                                Incl.   8.20 m @ 2.39% Ni, 0.21% Cu, 0.07% Co and 0.60 g/t Pt+Pd+Au                       

              - Down hole EM surveys and historical drilling indicate the Imiak Hill mineralization is open down plunge. The Spotty Hill mineralization is open down dip and along strike to the southeast.

2012 DRILL PROGRAM (Figures 1 to 3)

The program ran from August 27 to September 16 and consisted of nine diamond drill holes totaling 1,551 m.  The holes were drilled at three sites: Imiak Hill, Spotty Hill and the Fossilik II - Conductor P-59 area (Figure 1).

Significant lengths of sulphide mineralization containing high-grade, nickel + copper + cobalt ± precious metals were intersected at the adjacent sites Imiak Hill and Spotty Hill, and anomalous mineralization was encountered at Fossilik II (figures 2 and 3). These sites are situated in the recently recognized Maniitsoq Impact Structure (comparable in size to Sudbury and possibly the largest impact site on Earth). The sulphide mineralization is hosted by norite intrusions of the Greenland Norite Belt (GNB). The nearest tide water is at Kangia Fjord, 35 kilometers to the southwest; the Maniitsoq coastline is pack ice free year round